1 Day
1 Day (2009)

'1 DAY' is the first ever British hip-hop musical and a very, very bad day in the life of hustler, Flash. Entirely street cast and featuring original hip-hop and grime tracks from young rappers in Birmingham, this hard hitting film… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 21, 2009
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A well-intentioned misfire.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

It's propulsive stuff that credibly mixes social realism with bursts of musical energy. Just occasionally, though, the movie falls for the gangland glamour - loving shots of guns, cars and posturing bad boys - it claims to despise.

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Priscilla Eyles
Little White Lies

Woolcock has overcome all odds to produce one of the best British flicks since This Is England.

Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

This doesn't quite manage to be either a gritty musical or a convincing thriller, although the atmosphere is well-captured.

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Peter Bradshaw

By turns gloomy, frenzied, downbeat and violently melodramatic, Penny Woolcock's gang grime musical throbs intermittently with energy.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Undoubtedly well acted and shot, and with a rip-roaring hip-hop score, it's impressively non-moralistic, just showing us how it is. That may be why Birmingham's cinemas have refused to show it.

Ali Catterall

You could call this a 'hip-hopera', a mix of filmmaking and social work, or a shot in the arm for British independent cinema. Just don't call it Bugsy Malone with real bullets.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Woolcock doesn't strictly glamourise this guns-'n'-babymothers lifestyle, but her shortcuts to gritty pathos are nearly as questionable.

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Sam Wigley
Total Film

The film has a cheeky comic streak that offsets all the streetwise grandstanding.

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