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London: The Modern Babylon

The critical consensus

As Suggs from Madness points out, “There were no good old days”, and you’re left marvelling at London’s capacity for renewal and reinvention.

****(*)Tom Dawson, Total Film, 23/07/2012

This isn't cinema's last word on London, but it will silence competitors for a few years to come.

****(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 02/08/2012

Ultimately there’s not enough invention or verve to set this apart from a competent TV documentary.

**(*)(*)(*)Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 02/08/2012

Temple's film is refreshingly free of cliché. A very heady experience.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 02/08/2012

A proper script might have pulled it together, lent it a shape beyond the chronological plod, but even in its raggedness there's much to absorb.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 03/08/2012

Temple's film is a mesmerising anti-nostalgic advert for the metropolis. Like William Blake, you'll want to wander through each chartered street.

*****Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 05/08/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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