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  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There's a lot of rambling and shambling going on in these overlapping stories, often to the point where Explicit Ills no longer feels like it has a point. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The lack of subtlety indicates that this is a first film, but the passion and insights are strong enough to make you wonder what he'll (Webber) do next. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Webber's way with his young cast is as unforced as the movie itself, which easily could have been overwrought and maudlin but is instead oddly affirming. show more

  • 60
    Pete Vonder Haar Film Threat

    As a look at the disenfranchised of America, Explicit Ills could use some work. As a debut, however, it's quite promising. I'm looking forward to seeing what Webber comes up with next. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

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

  • 60
    Village Voice

    A tender ensemble slice of inner-city Philly life. show more

  • 50
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    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 thinks he needs to drop an anvil on our heads when art would suffice. show more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times

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

  • December 06, 2009 yuppersitsme123
    Report This User

    I was an extra in this movie

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