Explicit Ills

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Released 2009

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Director:
Mark Webber
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
In the streets of North Philadelphia, the lives of strangers intersect in a bold and moving semi-autobiographical tale that crosscuts between the many people who struggle in the face of poverty, drugs and the human connection.

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  • 67

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Webber has a knack for bringing out actors at their showiest, but he palms off too much first-draft sketchiness as ''ambiguity.''

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    It's a beautiful message: surely there's no arguing with "Hey, hey, ho, ho, poverty has got to go!" But there is much to argue with, and much to regret, about a film whose director...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Undone by a deadly twofer: lack of trust in characterization coupled with single-minded faith in spelled-out messages.

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