Better Things
Better Things (2008)

A handful of characters in a small British town deal with love, disappointment and temptation in this independent drama. Nan Wilson (Patricia Loveland) has come home after a long stay in the hospital, and finds herself sharing her house… More

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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

The ironies are always cruel and never comic in British writer-director Duane Hopkins's striking debut, an austere, though empathetic, insightful and technically crisp slice of social realism.

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Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

It's a miserable film, really, but it might just get you thinking - and make you grateful for what you've got.

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Peter Bradshaw

This is a dark and painful film, but one with a fervent belief in the possibility of love.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Hopkins marks himself out as a man of unique vision who isn't afraid to try something different to encourage an audience to think.

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Jon Fortgang

Bleak yet powerful, hushed yet haunting, this is an extraordinary portrait of lives dissolving away into nothing in the chilly English countryside.

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Sophie Ivan
Little White Lies

The film has a powerful, impressionistic style. Scenes are shot in suffocating, distorting close-up or at an equally stifling distance, revealing the sublime, indifferent landscape.

Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

This approach is well handled, giving the film a constant chilly allure, but there are some trite scenes in the stories that unfold.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

The young director fails to inject us under the skin of his plotless drama of overdoses and funerals, but he clearly has talent to burn.

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies

The stately silences, brooding landscapes and pallor of nihilism will alienate many hoping for Skins-in-Stow-on-the-Wold - but it's definitely the work of an original talent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
Slightly disappointing in that this could have been a really great film. Better Things is realistic and gritty, but has a very depressed tone to it, this suits… More