Awaydays (2009)

A young man makes some new and dangerous friends in this kitchen-sink drama set in Northern England in 1979. 19-year-old Carty (Nicky Bell) lives with his father (Ged McKenna) and younger sister Molly (Holliday Grainger) and has a good job… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Awaydays is an overwrought coming-of-age drama that romanticizes the violence of 1970s street culture in Liverpool and neglects the requisites of a good script.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The film falls down in its effort to make credible the background stories of its well-performed lead characters.

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Daily Record (UK)

A quality cast, strong performances and excellent period detail keep it feeling real.

Ali Catterall

A pretentious, grubbily voyeuristic paean to football hooliganism, kitted out with ubiquitous slo-mo violence, tactical post-punk hits and retro fashions.

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Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

Awaydays comes close to being lumped in with every other British indie but the excellent production quality pull it through and director Pat Holden is left with another promising, if flawed, adventure.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

There's no shortage of movies about Britain's mean streets and, for the most part, Awaydays runs with the pack.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

All around him the movie drips with atmosphere. The evocative sense of place is overwhelming, and perhaps the real star. Birkenhead in 1979 may not have been like this. But it is now.

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Edward Porter
Times (UK)

Bell's wholehearted performance and the film's convincingly scuzzy atmosphere don't make up for the big hole in the script.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A meagre budget and a lack of clear-cut character motivations blunts the impact of what might have been a powerful Mean Streets-style study of male friendship.

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Andrew Pulver

To these figures, Sampson applies an almost hysterical level of romanticisation, and it sort of works - especially when all the impossibly yearning post-punk music on the soundtrack really gets going.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
William Sleet
A really badly made film in many respects and the zero budget is glaringly obvious right from the start. Of course a low budget doesn't make a bad film and… More
Barry Lappin
Hugely dissapointed with this...what the hell it thought it was supposed to be I dont know. There is no comparrison between books and the film adaptation but… More