Slant Magazine - David Robb.
The film lacks for the empathy, curiosity, and sense of humor that are the defining characteristics of the Smiths’s music.
"In the absence of fully formed characters, the film leans more toward an idealized, nostalgic fantasy, and the cast does often succeed in injecting the story with a sense of life. Coltrane impressively tempers Dean’s sincerity with a smirking self-consciousness, while Howard has a spontaneous, infectious energy. At their best, these performances suggest the youthful charm of something like Dazed and Confused, though Shoplifters of the World is a bit too polished and lacking in period detail to achieve the effortless joy of Richard Linklater’s classic."
Given how long this film has taken to materialise, please see the 'Shoplifters Movie' tag page for a larger set of related items.
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