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Hallam Foe

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United Kingdom
·
2007

Rated R · 1h 35m

Director David Mackenzie
Starring Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Ciarán Hinds, Claire Forlani

Genre Drama, Comedy, Thriller

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Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.

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Los Angeles Times by

Ultimately Mackenzie's tidy resolutions undercut the psychological depth, but as offbeat coming-of-age yarns go, Mister Foe has a commanding fleetness.
70

The New York Times by A.O. Scott

If the extremity of Hallam's temperament tests the limits of our sympathy as well as our credulity, Mr. Bell's ability to seem by turns sweet and scary prevents us from losing interest entirely.
60

The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Mister Foe flirts too often with the unlikely and the foolish, yet there is something to admire in the nerve of its reckless characters, so uneasy in their skins.
50

USA Today by Claudia Puig

Not a movie to cozy up to. The twisted tale is only mildly intriguing, worth seeing mainly for the striking performance of Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Hallam Foe, a creepy teenage voyeur beset with an Oedipal complex.
60

Empire by Damon Wise

An intriguing rites-of-passage story with a delirious, skewed perspective and an almost palpable sexual pulse.
70

Variety by Derek Elley

Tip-top performances, led by young British thesp Jamie Bell, and a deftly handled tone reflecting all the title teen's confused emotions make Hallam Foe a viewing delight.
78

Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten

Unlike any coming-of-age movie you've seen before. Equal parts sweet and perverse, this Scottish film is unpredictable in places where it might be twee, and subversively fanciful in others where it might be punishing.

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