Shifty (2008)

Inspired by writer/director Eran Creevy's own teenage experiences, Shifty tells the tale of a man who returns to his old neighborhood on the outskirts of London, ostensibly to attend a party but more specifically to check up on an old… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 24, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wally Hammond
Time Out

Creevy's fine ear for dialogue, sensitive and productive direction of actors and confident control of tone is all the more impressive for being delivered under the short schedule and tight budgetary exigencies.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

The film has a sense of authenticity and there's no sentimental suggestion that Shifty's way of life is the inevitable result of his background.

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Ellen E Jones
Total Film

Mercifully free of Danny Dyer cameos or Guy Ritchie mockneyisms, this works as both an entertaining gangster thriller and a hard-hitting piece of social realism. Absorbing, moving and authentic, Shifty never once strikes a false note.

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Tony Macklin

Shifty is low-key, low budget, but high grade. It's a film about sitting and talking. And drug dealing. It builds slowly - some may want more action, but it has a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.

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Neil Smith
Heat Magazine

Moving, gripping and funny, this is a homegrown gem you can't help taking to your heart.

Ali Catterall

Creevy eschews the woozy, arthouse ambience of Duane Hopkins' Better Things - another portrait of a drug-decimated community - for naturalistic dialogue and performances within carefully framed and composed shots; properly cinematic, grown-up direction.

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Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)

The dialogue is a nice mix of Pinteresque menace, drug lingo, laddism and cracking one-liners.

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies

For a debut feature, Eran Creevy's semi-autobiographical drama shows a remarkably light touch, set in an anonymous London suburbia far removed from stereotypical East End of the wideboy film tradition.

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Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine

Good central performances in this highly, entertaining character-driven debut.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
A well written, day in the life of, which is different to other drug films. It involves you from the start and there's a lot of guessing going on right… More
Hassan Vawda
Firstly, the film looks fantastic for the budget it was made on. But innovative and quality film production does not make a great film in itself. Shifty has… More
Lady D'arbanville
Not so much a story in a traditional sense, more of a ?day in the life of? type of tale and in this case it?s through a drug dealer?s eyes. Whilst this is true… More
Lesley N
A day in the life of a Muslim drug dealer in an unnamed London suburb, as Shifty bickers with his mate and brother, crosses swords with his supplier and… More
Gordon Anderson
Effective calling card for a new talent in director Creevy, his personal experiences lend authenticity to the script, and a smart sense of humour stops this… More