Rise of the Footsoldier
Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)

Julian Gilbey's fact-based crime saga Rise of the Footsoldier traces one man's meteoric ascension from a lucrative soccer career, through the ranks of organized crime, to the status of Britain's most omnipotent drug lord. The… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

The direction smacks of sadism, especially the obvious glee Gilbey gets from filming violent scenes in close-up and, in the case of the bloody shotgun-to-the-face denouement, in triplicate.

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Catherine Chambers

Footsoldier doesn't so much pack a punch as leave you feeling violated and more importantly, robs you of two hours of your life you won't get back.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A peculiar but decidedly ordinary addition to the British thug genre.

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Leigh Singer
Jamie Russell
Total Film

The filmmakers' wide-eyed attempt to turn Leach into a living legend will probably rattle Daily Mail readers' cages; everyone else may find its stonking hard-on for real-life hard men slightly ludicrous.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

Fans of British geezer films would be better off checking out I.D. - this is best enjoyed after a night at the pub on DVD.

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Tim Evans
One People's Project

Gore-flecked rucks and bruising rumbles are the order of the day in this unflinching portrait of a demi-monde your really rather wish would stay that way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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Jamie Clarke
A pretty good film, The half hour was the best for me and then it just kind of got very dark and pretty gruesome at times, I know it was based on true events so… More
Luke Baldock
A truly horrible film on all levels. It starts off as some Football Factory wannabe following the exploits of some very unlikeable bloke who just swears,… More
Daniel Parsons
Nasty & risible in equal measure. That the director went on to make the superb "A Lonely Place To Die" is quite remarkable.
Khris N
Yeaaahhhh. A good ole brutal, bloody, shameless (on all levels) Brit gangster movie. Which also happens to be the a real good authentic biography of one of… More
Marcus Woolcott
It starts on the terraces of West Ham but moves on and charts the rise to power of Carlton Leach. The second half changes direction and we see Leach (wisely)… More