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 (43)

Worth watching particularly for those who make the decision about having children or those already having them.

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.

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

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.

Don't waste your time.

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

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

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

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.

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).

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.

Fascinating study of drugs and poverty (spoilers) .

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

Stunning .

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

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.

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

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

Solid Drama, Unexpected Find in Martin Compston.

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.

well worth watching .

intense .


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

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.

Engaging and impressive despite being depressing and bleak .

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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 .

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

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

pretentious crap .

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


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

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

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