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Dirties, The (15)


Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking.

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The critical consensus

Like Chronicle, it's a fresh spin on the high-school flick. Unlike Chronicle, its execution never quite matches its ideas.

***(*)(*)Andrew Osmond, Empire Online, 02/06/2014

Canadian first-timer Matt Johnson’s promising but patchy provocation.

***(*)(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 02/06/2014

This isn't a film that's particularly easy to enjoy but that doesn't mean that there isn't much here to admire.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 02/06/2014

The end result isn’t entirely successful, but Johnson does enough to suggest that we might be witnessing the birth of a genuinely talented filmmaker.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 06/06/2014

Turns what could have been a Scream-style riff on the shaky-cam genre into a more disquieting exploration of the blurred realities of the always-on selfie generation.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/06/2014

Brave, shocking, compelling.

***(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 05/06/2014

It may wind up as the year's most significant horror film; it's certainly among the most original.

****(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 05/06/2014

Johnson's film gets confusing and darkens, and reveals itself, not just as a knockabout comedy, but as a serious, thoughtful and all too plausible study of the psychological state in which a young, movie- and self-obsessed North American male might decide to take a gun to his school and start shooting.

****(*)Laurence Phelan, The Independent, 05/06/2014

The subject of bullying is convincingly depicted, and there's an attempt to grapple with the transition from class clown to killer, but this lacks the depth, emotional clout and (oddly enough) empathy of Gus Van Sant's altogether superior Elephant.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 08/06/2014

Features about Dirties, The (15)

The Dirties director Matt Johnson on fame and high-school shootings

Alex Godfrey, The Guardian, 31/05/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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