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Urban Hymn

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The North London riots of 2011 serve as the backdrop for director Michael Caton-Jones’ gritty and moving portrait of a troubled young female offender who possesses a remarkable voice and a determined social worker who inspires her to use it.
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CRITICS OF "Urban Hymn"
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Hollywood Reporter
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May 08, 2017

Urban Hymn unfolds in predictably schematic steps and flat, stilted dialogue.
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Little White Lies
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May 08, 2017

In all, there are strong individual performances from a stellar cast, restrained by a narrative that -- though honest and heartfelt -- is regretfully tenuous and jazz-handsy.
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Scotsman
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September 30, 2016

Urban Hymn also sounds hackneyed on paper but isn't on film.
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El Mundo (Spain)
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February 02, 2017

Contrary to the conventions of the genre, the film progresses in a very convincing confrontation of three personages by means of a very american melodrama of personal overcoming. [Full review in Spanish]
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El Pais (Spain)
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February 03, 2017

The film ends up turning into a mellow protest song that blames bad influences. [Full review in Spanish]
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New York Times
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May 10, 2017

The fight scenes are nasty, the language is harsh and the three leads are utterly convincing.
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Los Angeles Times
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May 11, 2017

"Urban Hymn" is so carefully and lovingly made by director Michael Caton-Jones and his leads that it's hard to begrudge the British drama its familiar premise, especially as you squint at the screen through tears.
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Times (UK)
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October 07, 2016

Urban Hymn is a movie of noble intention and clod-footed execution.
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Chicago Reader
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May 11, 2017

What begins as a gritty, documentary-style dive into the young women's world -- they're introduced as looters during the 2011 Tottenham riots -- quickly devolves into a Lifetime movie.
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CineVue
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October 06, 2016

An impressively rounded character study set against the London riots of 2011.
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Washington Post
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May 11, 2017

Music redeems an at-risk teen in "Urban Hymn," a social-problem melodrama whose other major characters don't fare so well.
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Globe and Mail
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May 12, 2017

An unimaginative drama, carried by solid acting ... but let down by an unspectacular script that includes lines such as, "surviving and living are two different things!"
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