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      Chicken

      2014 1 hr. 26 min. Drama List
      100% 12 Reviews Tomatometer 55% 100+ Ratings Audience Score A 15-year-old's optimistic view becomes difficult to maintain when his brother's behavior worsens, and he feels torn between loyalty to his brother or getting closer to his first female friend. Read More Read Less

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      Jackson S Chambers acting is amazing. Must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/26/24 Full Review Ken R After reading about this oddity, looked forward to it being a thoughtful character study with heart and a message – a message it has but perhaps little heart. It's a low budget indie production that features a surprisingly stylized look. This comes via the talents of short and TV director of photography Eben Bolter's professional work ethic. He, along with some committed work by first-time director Joe Stephenson, give it a better than average look. Performances are mostly borderline with Morgan Watkins perhaps faring best as the brutish, utterly despicable older ‘brother'. He's given some OK backup from Scott Chambers in the difficult role of Richard the younger ‘brother'. It's difficult to call this entertainment and fits better into the modern social expose' of all that's despicable about heavily failed family relationships - and the grotty characters who prey on the vulnerable. Lovely country locations are about the only pleasing aspects on display here with maybe a little help from a cute chicken. Tom Linden supplies a thoughtful music score - adding what little warmth can be taken from a heavy study of all that's wrong within an immoral society. Interesting but grueling and depressing with limited sustaining relief, that might perhaps leave some wondering if the makers may have been enjoying the negativity a little too much (?) Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/01/22 Full Review Audience Member Incredible British indie film. Very dark with amazing acting performances. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A promising debut this, it doesn't all work (and when Paige arrives on screen she really acts the two male leads off of it) but when it does, it's moving and certainly makes you want to see more of what Stephenson the Director has to offer. A slight film, but a little gem. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Seemed a bit slow to start but transpired into a disturbing and interesting film about extremes of family ties Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Amazing acting and a heartbreaking yet hopeful story of loss, poverty, disability and compassion. Really difficult to describe but well worth the time to experience. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jessica Kiang Variety A remarkably solid and sincere look at lives marginalized several times over, collected around an achingly honest breakout turn. Jan 17, 2018 Full Review Mark Kermode Observer (UK) Bolter's widescreen cinematography captures the warmth, loneliness and harsh reality of this disenfranchised world with unobtrusive aplomb. Rated: 4/5 May 22, 2016 Full Review Elisa Adams Little White Lies A grand mixture of dark and light, that's not afraid to discuss tough topics in a refreshing way. Rated: 3/5 May 20, 2016 Full Review Alexa Dalby Dog and Wolf Joe Stephenson's Chicken quietly creeps up on you and tugs at your heartstrings. Rated: 4/5 Feb 21, 2019 Full Review Jamie Neish CineVue Chicken is an admirable first offering that gradually sucks you in the more patience you invest. It betters itself as it progresses and showcases a trio of notable performances. Rated: 3/5 Aug 13, 2018 Full Review Neil Smith Total Film Joe Stephenson's adap of Freddie Machin's play offers a brief respite from miserabilism in the appealing friendship that develops between Richard and new arrival Annabell (Yasmin Paige). Rated: 3/5 Jan 2, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A 15-year-old's optimistic view becomes difficult to maintain when his brother's behavior worsens, and he feels torn between loyalty to his brother or getting closer to his first female friend.
      Director
      Joe Stephenson
      Executive Producer
      Paul Fischer, Daniel Pickering, Enfys Dickinson
      Screenwriter
      Chris New
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 8, 2018