Cemetery Junction Reviews

  • It's a strange hybrid of a film, boasting loudmouth boorishness instead of wit, and fortune-cookie schmaltz instead of heart.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • Disappointing tale of '70s youngsters devoid of wit or insight.

    Ray Bennett — Hollywood Reporter

  • The period setting has been captured to a tee; it's all red bricks, ghastly wallpaper, casual racism and cut-glass fruitbowls. Everything is viewed through a haze of cigarette smoke. It's little wonder the kids want out.

    Ali Gray — TheShiznit.co.uk

  • Gervais has come up with a surprisingly conservative coming-of-age comedy that shows very little of the satirical bite or formal daring of the TV shows that made his name.

    Jason Best — Movie Talk

  • As filmmakers, Gervais and Merchant find a rhythm technically that makes the fact they never find the balance between humor and heart that they've achieved in the past even more of a disappointment.

    Stephen Saito — IFC.com

  • Gervais and Merchant's previous projects mastered the tightrope walk between comic cruelty and earnest drama. With Cemetery Junction, they waver wildly, unveiling some of their ugliest jokes and most saccharine emotional moments to date.

    Simon Miraudo — Quickflix

  • Beware the comic creators who decide they want to be taken "seriously."

    Sean Axmaker — Seanax.com

  • A humble riff on the well-worn coming-of-age film. [Blu-ray]

    Peter Canavese — Groucho Reviews

  • An unabashedly feel-good and identifiable crowdpleaser.

    Andrew Hedley — Flicks.co.nz

  • Cemetery Junction successfully creates a visual tone for itself, then, when it comes to dialogue and plot, it goes ahead to make a different film altogether.

    Andrew O'Hagan — This is London

  • There's a strong autobiographical tone to this British period drama, and the cast is very good. But by never focussing the story in a meaningful way, the film pales in comparison to its nearest predecessor, An Education.

    Rich Cline — Shadows on the Wall

  • While Remi Adefarasin's cinematography gives the picture a superficially cinematic sheen, this is essentially small-minded fare, unimaginative in its ambitions and clumsy in its execution.

    Janos Gereben — Entertainment Insiders

  • This is a passable, mildly diverting, coming-of-age Brit-flick. Coming from the Gervais/Merchant stable though, it's a frustrating let-down after past successes.

    Chris Roberts — Uncut Magazine [UK]

  • A first feature that is far from perfect but has its heart in all the right places.

    Henry Fitzherbert — Daily Express

  • A romanticised but still truthful look at how difficult it is to cut the ties to the hometown of your childhood and actually strike out on your own...


  • It is entertaining as far as it goes, but it would have to be fully and Gervaisishly funny, or else fully nasty, vinegary and sad before everyone involved was, to coin a phrase, up the junction.

    Peter Bradshaw

  • Where Cemetery Junction's strength lies is in its depiction of the relationship between three friends.

    Tom Cox — Daily Mail [UK]

  • The plot ambles and Gervais and Merchant can't resist neatly tying up every loose end in a manner which strains credibility. Their dramatic crescendo is a mother pouring a cup of tea.

    Catherine Jones — Liverpool Echo

  • A coming-of-age story that is hilarious and heartfelt in equal measure.

    Alex Zane — Sun Online

  • It's refreshing to see a mainstream British film with the ambition to strut its stuff on studio terms.

    Ben Walters — Time Out

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