Wild Bill
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Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15-year old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play Dad, his arrival brings them to the attention of social services. With the danger of being put into care looming, Dean forces his Dad to stay by threatening to grass him up for dealing. Dean soon connects with Jimmy and through this new bond starts to realize what he's been missing. He has a family and a place in the world, but when Jimmy gets into trouble with Bill's old cohorts, he quickly has to decide what kind… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's no faulting Fletcher's unfussy, quietly impressive directorial style. A solid start."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"An unusually affecting movie, with pitch-perfect comic moments, a lot of heart, and a beautiful final shot that acts as a crowning achievement for Creed-Miles."
‑ Matt Looker, TheShiznit.co.uk
"[Fletcher] injects new marrow into some creaky bones."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Gripping, intense and with a razor-sharp wit, this marks Fletcher as one to watch."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"Fletcher has fashioned a deft, likeable addition to a crowded genre, the cockney comedy thriller. It will be good to see how he fares when he moves on."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"With a concept and influences consciously in mind; fine performances by Creed-Miles, Poulter, and Williams; and approving cameos...Fletcher is able to put his best foot forward in this creditable debut."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The direction by Dexter Fletcher to illicit the very strong performances by the juvenile actors, is a testament to his current strengths as a director"
‑ Rhett Bartlett, Dial M For Movies
"It wears its lion heart firmly on its sleeve with bouts of good humour and sense, making it impossible not to be drawn into its rugged charm."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie, Real.com
"Why can't all British crime dramas be so well written and well acted, and have a splash of comedy as confident as this?"
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The story won't win awards for originality but Fletcher has created a film that's both charming and true to life."
‑ Laurence Boyce, Little White Lies
"There's a lot more to this likeable crime flick than your usual dunderheaded Danny Dyer vehicle."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Dexter Fletcher doesn't overplay the cowboy angle. Instead, he puts most of his efforts into creating a believable dynamic between the father and his sons, and it's in this tangled skein of shyness, suspicion, loyalty and love that the film's heart lies."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Suspenseful, exhilarating and genuinely moving, galvanised by strong performances and breathlessly orchestrated action sequences."
‑ , Liverpool Echo
"Directed with flair by Fletcher, Wild Bill is more affecting family drama than conventional gangster pic and it's an outstanding achievement."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"There's more than enough good stuff here to whet the appetite for Fletcher's follow‑up."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
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