Sweet Sixteen (2002) - Crime, Drama

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Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Martin Compston, Michelle Coulter
Length: 106 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 11 out of 75 found boring (14.66%)

One-line Reviews (42)

It's depressing and one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.

Paul Laverty writes a script that makes life so dull and so dark as the coal-mines of Wales.

Basically in the gritty and dismal Scottish town of Greenock, where unemployment is rampant and there is little hope for the youth of the city, Liam (Scotland BAFTA winner Martin Compston) is a typical teenager, causing trouble and absorbing whatever goes on around him.

well worth watching .

Here, two films, one excellent and the other remarkable, give us confronting worlds of heroin-addicted kids, the marginalised and the hopeless, in the grandest style of broad, exciting, confronting cinema.


Stunning .

Take that concept and apply it to this gripping gritty film.

The fact that the language spoken in this film is English and needs subtitles is an added fascinating element which only adds to the story itself.

Don't look for a happy ending to this dreary, drab but compelling drama which could easily be labeled a "downer".

Watch at you're own discretion as there is a persistent, non-stop barrage of swearing and very strong language along with some disturbing scenes of violence and a dark, intense atmosphere throughout.

and about as entertaining as a piece of gravel in your shoe.

Loach perfectly captures the mobile phone, joy-riding boredom of British teenagers in 2002.

How I love DVDs that offer subtitles, 'cos Loach movies absolutely need subtitles, especially this one with its thick working class Scots accents (fascinating that the English language has somehow incorporated this almost medieval dialect).

pretentious crap .

Don't waste your time.


The obvious well directed and well acted attributes are there as well as a wonderful intriguing script.

It is depressing watching but yet quite compelling and convincing as it paints a world where "bettering oneself" is nothing more than liberal wishful thinking.

Ken Loach is the most pretentious, ineffective filmmaker to surface.

Particularly striking is the unexpected range of Martin Compston's portrayal of Liam, the male protagonist of this powerful film.

For arelaxing and enjoyable time, this is not a movie to see.

Coupled with his intuitive understanding of how this story should be told, the film packed an emotional wallop(especially approaching the end) much unexpected before my stepping into the cinema.

The best part of this film i feel is the dialect and the cinematography showing west scotland to be in places a drab dreary constantly wet hum drum area which from my experiances it is.

No masterpiece, but very enjoyable, worth watching and fine of example of modern British cinema.

Unfortunately, he cannot raise enough money for the down payment on the house by selling black market cigarettes in pubs with his best friend Pinball (William Ruane), so he resorts to stealing gear (drugs) from Stan with predictable consequences.

The acting was good for a low budget film and the storyline was quite good but most of it was just confusing.

Now a much-lauded critical success that has made an overnight star of it's lead, Martin Compston, "Sweet Sixteen" is an enjoyable study of the human capacity for self-deception and self-destruction, set in an environment of poverty and drugs.

In Ken Loach's touching Sweet Sixteen, an empty trailer overlooking the Firth of Cyde in the depressed, Scottish town of Greenrock looks like the key to a better life to 15-year old Liam.

Loach's use of a ridiculous accent is tried and uninteresting.

The downward spiral to the denouement, on Liam's birthday, is told with confronting, if slow-moving, realism.

Fascinating study of drugs and poverty (spoilers) .

There is no getting away from the fact that this is a depressing and bleak portrayal of life in poverty but, although not one you'll watch over and over again, it is an impressive and engaging film.

Solid Drama, Unexpected Find in Martin Compston.

He wants to become rich, but rich for him means buying a "caravan" (a trailer) that's for sale for six thousand pounds and sits on a rise overlooking a desolate body of water somewhere in the provinces just away from a drab seacoast town called Greenock.

The drug-dealing boyfriend of his mother and his empty-headed companion ‘Pinball', do little to make his quest easier.

Everyone lets Liam down in the film, eventually himself too and at the end, we see him in the time-honoured teenage mixed-up confusion traceable all the way back to Mod Jimmy in "Quadrophenia" and of course the original cause-less rebel of James Dean.

It's an allegory of market forces disintegrating the individual but no matter what punishment the individual endures he will still demand that his property , in this case drugs , is returned to him " What a pile of pretentious crap .

Credit to Loach again because he has drawn out convincing performances despite working with a mostly young cast.

intense .

The film is very sad but enjoyable and the acting by martin compston (who plays liam) is very believable, i would definitely recommend this film.

Engaging and impressive despite being depressing and bleak .