Nil by Mouth
Nil by Mouth (1998)

Gary Oldman returned to his East London roots with this semi-autobiographical drama of domestic violence and alcoholism. Kathy Burke received the 1997 Cannes Best Actress award. Music by Eric Clapton. Produced by Oldman, Luc Besson (The… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 6, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dan Fienberg

There's so much authenticity and raw emotion here that most viewers will be able to excuse the fact that they don't understand any of the dialogue.

Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Oldman creates an uncanny documentary feel for his fictional story that draws you in despite the misery unfurling onscreen.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An uncompromising drama.

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Carlo Cavagna

Imagine a movie where every character is played by Gary Oldman, in the drunken overacting Oldman mode. Oldman's unfocused and self-indulgent directorial debut has moments of poignancy and insight, but not enough to make it endurable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Jack Hawkins
'Nil By Mouth' is a potent, relentless dose of real life; a portrait of the dead-end cycle of violence, abuse, addiction and poverty that occurs in… More
Lady D'arbanville
Bringing Gary Oldman back to his roots, his Directional Debut is a natural, well acted, realistic piece where he's used the number one rule; stick to what… More
Randy Tippy
Dark and violent but packed with unflinching honesty and grit.
Bruce Bruce
This film is from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, most of the films listed from this festival have been pretty good, but I have to be honest and… More
Cassandra Maples
The words "gritty", "British" and "drama" usually and rightfully condemn a film to the Guy "Windsor" Ritchie hall of… More
Tim Sigur
Gary Oldman should do more writing and directing. Brutal, but at the same time really touching.