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About the Movie
Set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer riots, URBAN HYMN is a redemptive coming of age story set in South-West London and follows wayward teen, Jamie. Encouraged by inspiring and unconventional care worker Kate, to use singing as a release, Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 24
- Fresh: 14
- Rotten: 10
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The fight scenes are nasty, the language is harsh and the three leads are utterly convincing.
Rotten: Competent if pedestrian "Urban Hymn" takes a familiar walk down the path of inspirational youth drama.
Fresh: "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.
Rotten: Urban Hymn unfolds in predictably schematic steps and flat, stilted dialogue.
Excellent film. Strong performances by talented cast.
Found this movie a pleasant surprise. Engaging and very well acted. Highly recommend.
Poignant and Trembling Drama
Within the faded cold images of London, Jamie Harrison (Latitia Wright) exists in the shadows, the ever-present best friend Leanne Dixon (Isabella Laughland) by her side. They steal, smoke, and pillage their way through the rotten underbelly of society. Kate Linton (Shirley Henderson) has spent her life as a successful sociology Professor, until her son was murdered, after which she becomes a social worker at a home for troubled teens. It is within the claustrophobic confines of this house, that these three characters collide. Director Michael Caton Jones throws these characters together, and in doing so creates an affecting and emotional film that may be one of the best this year. With a brilliant and dedicated cast, featuring seasoned vet Shirley Henderson and relatively new to the screen Latitia Wright, Urban Hymn invites its viewers on a soulful journey of life and loss, of growth and evolution. Hang onto your seats and your Kleenex, and make sure not to miss out on this tumultuous and inspiring coming of age story.
Moving British Drama
Urban Hymn tells the story of Jamie Harrison, a troubled youth living in a London group home. When a new social worker, Kate, takes interest in her, Jamie finds herself struggling with her dreams of singing and a better life and managing her relationship with Leanne, her best friend and partner in crime. The three leads do an amazing job bringing the relationship triangle to life with nuanced emotion and, in Leanne’s case, outbursts of frustration. A moment that sticks with me is prison beating at the hands of Leanne; Jamie’s passiveness and blank expression throughout this scene is matched perfectly by Leanne’s intensity. Props to director Michael Caton-Jones for getting such great work from his actors. For film lovers looking for a heart wrenching story with some standout performances, I highly recommend Urban Hymn.