The Wee Man
The Wee Man (2012)

1970's Blackhill, Glasgow: 11-year-old Paul Ferris has learned quickly that life on the street is tough. Everyone knows their place. Poverty breeds corruption, crime, violence and bullying. Growing up immersed in a culture of crime,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
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Charles Gant

The violent past of onetime Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris yields a banal biopic in "The Wee Man," returning multihyphenate Ray Burdis ("Love, Honor and Obey") to the director's chair after an absence of 13 years.

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Manages to disappoint in every respect.

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London Evening Standard

A crudely directed, typically unreliable gangster biopic, based on a memoir by Glaswegian hard man Paul Ferris.

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Stephen Carty
Metro (UK)

But here, the various power-plays and shifting alliances feel like musical chairs, while [Ray] Burdis's attempts to make [Paul] Ferris sympathetic are undercooked.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

It's all rather familiar, well enough acted yet not entirely convincing.

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Stefan Pape

On the whole, The Wee Man is a fascinating story well told - the first steps in making a decent movie.

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Alistair Harkness

Blows any intrigue by piling on one gangster movie cliché after another.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A clichéd, wearily familiar true-life crime drama clearly made on the cheap.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[I]n this almost genteel film -- or as genteel as a film about men who intimidate and kill for a living can be -- [notorious Scottish gangster Paul] Ferris is a little boy lost, a rare man of principle in an urban cesspit.

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