InRealLife (2013)

This film asks what exactly is the internet and what is it doing to our children? Taking us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, filmmaker Beeban Kidron suggests that rather than the promise of… More

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Though the subject merits serious attention, the tone feels unduly alarmist, echoing panics of previous decades about things such as comic books and rap lyrics.

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Jamie Brotherton
The List

It's an interesting choice of subject matter, let down by an overuse of archetypal scenarios that outweigh moments of relevance.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Imagine a documentary on this awful internet thing made by your mum - presuming your mum is something other than cool - and you will have an idea what to expect from Beeban Kidron's woeful whinge.

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David Berry
National Post

Given that we're not even sure of the effects that always being connected have on the world, it feels somewhere between premature and panic-y to make the children the primary cause of our hand-wringing.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

It's unsettling viewing, and smartly sidesteps allegations of parental paranoia by talking directly to those "digital natives" whose lives are being transformed (for better and worse) by the web.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A dense and serious-minded study. The results feel like an intermittently fascinating springboard for something lengthier.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a relentless information dump that's rarely able to live up to the promise of its initial setup.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Arguably the most important documentary about our rapidly-changing lifestyles since Super Size Me ( ... ) food for thought for parents and media students alike.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

Everyone has their drug of choice. All we can do, suggests the canny Kidron, is be aware of who's supplying that drug and monitor the quantity, and quality, of what we consume.

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