Somers Town
Somers Town (2009)

Dead Man's Shoes and This Is England director Shane Meadows takes the helm for this monochromatic childhood drama concerning two young friends living in London, and their efforts not to turn out like their aimless fathers. Tomo has just… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 15, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 31, 2009
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Shane Meadows hits the spot with this short but sweet slice of good natured comedy, surprisingly, as it's essentially an extended black & white advert for a train station.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Turgoose continues to convince as a kid whose personality wavers daily if not hourly, while Jagiello playfully suggests that Marek is becoming the perfect straight man.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

However thin, the story of these rootless youths, estranged from mothers and native cities, has a certain universality and appeal.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Shares a gentle, observant tone with the early films of Ken Loach.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Somers Town is a small-scale jewel that will surprise you with its buoyant look at blighted lives.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A small but important film about small but important lives, the latest drama from Shane Meadows further confirms that more people should know about this gifted director.

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Brian Orndorf

A verite touch of observation, Somers Town is kind and airy, a perfect cinematic meal for someone in need of small pleasures, explored through Meadows's undeniable taste in locations and near-masterful work with actors.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Somers Town is a funny and endearing character comedy whose extra-brief, 70-minute running time proves perfectly adequate for its slender, episodic story.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It is proof that there are all sorts of teenage lives going on in Britain, and sometimes, their most magical moments take place on dead-end streets.

Sarah Boslaugh

...Meadows' method of working with improvised scenes shot in long takes gives it a sense of emotional truth which is lacking in many more ambitious films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Well..this is a fine example of a really nice little film that I'm not sure why I liked. But I did. Alot. I thought that the antics of these two boys were… More
Gordon Anderson
Minor work which reflects its origins as a short film. Has all Meadow's trademark warmth and humour but lacks the grit.
Lady D'arbanville
A much anticipated film for me and yet another great performance from Thomas Turgoose, who proves yet again his natural acting abilities. The story is kind… More
William Sleet
Well, it won't change your life and it is very slight - in length, obviously, but it also really did feel like half a story. Quite literally with it's… More
Luke Baldock
Short, sweet and simple. Meadows does the intelligent thing of actually dialing it down a notch after This is England. It's a brief view of two very… More
Walter M.
In "Somers Town," teenaged Tomo(Thomas Turgoose) is having a hard time in London, having just run away from his native Nottingham. Soon after his… More

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