London River
London River (2011)

London 2005--It's the story of Ousmane and Mrs Sommers, both humble people living ordinary lives, he in France, she in the Channel Islands. He has a son - she has a daughter - they both are students in London. On July 7th 2005, without… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2012
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: London River is a showcase of dynamite acting that more than overcomes its politically blunt story.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is a matter of Brenda Blethyn's performance vs. Sotigui Kouyate's presence.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

"London River'' features on-target acting by its two leads, but they receive scant support from the wobbly plot.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

[Brenda] Blethyn as the beleaguered Elizabeth, who is both transforming and transformative.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It would be nice to say that Bouchareb, who also wrote and directed "Days of Glory" and "Outside the Law," succeeds. He does not entirely. But he doesn't fail, either.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Demonstrates how great acting can infuse a banal, politically correct drama with dollops of emotional truth.

Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Though the arc of the story is fairly predictable, Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate bring humanity to their roles.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Blethyn and Kouyaté inhabit and expand the film's earnestly instructive intentions, leaving us with a deeply-felt experience rather than a naively-sketched lesson.

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David Fear
Time Out

There's such a graceful sense of restraint in how this real-life tragedy is treated, one that filters any potential for ripped-from-yesterday's-headlines sensationalism through a respectful requiem of loss and grief.

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Mike Scott

There isn't a whole lot of nuance in writer-director Rachid Bouchareb's unapologetically political story. But Blethyn's performance ultimately draws viewers in.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Very touching film. Well made. I have always thought that Brenda Blethyn was an exceptional actress...I still think so. She carried most of the movie herself,… More
Daisy Maduro
London River the story about a mother whose daughter went missing after the London attacks in 2005. The movie followed her efforts to find out what happened to… More
Walter M.
On July 7, 2005, Elisabeth(Brenda Blethyn) is watching the news when reports start to come in of the terrorist bombings in London and tries calling her daughter… More
John Ballantine
A beautiful story of two souls whose loved ones are overtaken by grander tragic events and how they find a connection that goes beyond language, prejudice,… More