Sweet Sixteen
Sweet Sixteen (2003)

Ken Loach directs Sweet Sixteen, a gritty drama about a young man slowly succumbing to a life of crime. Liam (Martin Compson) hopes that his imprisoned mother (Michelle Coulter) will be free by his 16th birthday. Hoping to help his mother… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 16, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A bleak, but heartbreaking coming-of-age tale that resonates with truth.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Using mostly unknown and first-time actors, Loach spins a passable coming-of-age tale, which should please his fans and provides a diversion for the rest of us.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

There's a profane but strangely tender rawness to this sometimes brutal movie, anchored by Compston's remarkably assured debut performance.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a better-than-average slice-of-life kitchen-sink drama that benefits substantially from Compston's star-making performance.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Despite this film's title, don't expect something light and fluffy.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

A raw movie, but it relies on the natural appeal of its main character and the skill with which Loach creates a thoroughly believable environment.

Andrew Wright
Portland Mercury

Under Loach's deft hand, it feels indisputably real ... An undeniable downer, but hellaciously well acted, brimming with compassion, and relevant in a way that doesn't chafe.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

From its gripping immediacy to its strong cast of unknowns, Sweet Sixteen feels almost like a documentary. Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty keep an evenhanded focus on harsh truths, and avoid melodrama and grandstanding.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

The film is so alive, the performances so urgent and convincing, that it's as if Loach had just discovered the subject matter.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Hollywood has manufactured a number of coming of age films of varying quality, yet it's difficult to think of one that tops this powerful character study

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Sweet Sixteen. Sounds like a chick flick (nothing wrong if you like that genre; it's just that I'm not into that kind of movies in general). Now, the… More
Sunil Jawahir
Such a dark movie but it's good and the acting is good for amateurs.
Gordon Anderson
Tragic tale of a boy trying to pull himself and his family out of a grim world but struggling not to get sucked back. Stinging indictment of a class of society… More
Deb Singh
I've never heard the "C" word so much in my life! Even so, my heart went out to this 15 yr old Scottish boy in Sweet Sixteen. His mom is due to… More
Daisy Maduro
Ken Loach's movies are known for their intensity of showing the society differences of the British class. I saw that in Bread & Roses, Carla's… More

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