Explicit Ills

2009

Explicit Ills

Critics Consensus

Though its politics can be heavy-handed at times, Mark Webber's directorial debut is sincere and well-acted.

54%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 24

39%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 104,879
User image
  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you get your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMC (Coming Soon)

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Cinemark (Coming Soon)

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal (Coming Soon)

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Bought somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you get your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMC (Coming Soon)

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Cinemark (Coming Soon)

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal (Coming Soon)

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Bought somewhere else

Where to watch

Explicit Ills Photos

Movie Info

The beauty of hope and the power of unity form the foundation of this tale of youthful love, drugs, and poverty in the City of Brotherly Love. Seven-year-old Babo suffers from asthma, and lives with his mother in a dangerous section of North Philly. In an attempt to impress a girl who's well out of his league, their scheming neighbor Demitri attempts to pass as a brainy bookworm. Meanwhile, as well-off art student Michelle falls into a drug-ridden affair with her dealer, Jacob, Kaleef and Jill struggle to save their marriage while bringing "produce to the people," and their teenage son, Heslin, bulks up for the World's Strongest Man competition. Rosario Dawson, Naomie Harris, and Paul Dano star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

News & Interviews for Explicit Ills

Critic Reviews for Explicit Ills

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (11)

  • A movie that too often feels comprised of arty public service announcements can only be considered a lost opportunity.

    Mar 20, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite a good cast, Explicit Ills is about as phony as it gets.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Gorgeous to look at and touchingly sincere, Mark Webber's directorial debut makes a considerable impact despite its evident flaws.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • The film's cast and the fluid camerawork are as hip as can be, and in this age of Obama, so is the sentiment -- unflinching but optimistic.

    Mar 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/6
  • Two of the cast members shine: Lou Taylor Pucci as a drug dealer who finds a new lover and baptizes himself in substance abuse, and Rosario Dawson as a mother trying to care for her asthmatic son with no health insurance.

    Mar 4, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Explicit Ills

  • Jul 07, 2008
    Ensemble drama clumsily works its way to a Big Message.
    William G Super Reviewer

Explicit Ills Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features