NY Mag – June 2011
With a vibrant, witty and insightful script by Vaughan Sivell, and a quartet of excellent lead performances from the UK’s finest young actors, this is a moving, pertinent and unpredictable film, and a fantastic showcase of new and promising British film talent.
The Times – Kate Muir – 20 May 2011
Third Star dares to tackle the taboos of youthful death with great humour and warmth, and it is an assured debut for Dalton.
Time Out – Dave Calhoun – 20 May 2011
The Telegraph – Marc Lee – 19 May 2011
…Cumberbatch keeps sentimentality at bay, and the ending is almost unbearably poignant.
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Muveez – James Luxford – 16 May 2011
…the standout performances come from Cumberbatch and Feild. Sherlock star Cumberbatch is gripping as a man trying desperately to end his life serenely, but is terrified of the both his deteriorating state and the inevitable end of it.
The Independent – Geoffrey Macnab – 28 June 2010
Empire Magazine – Damon Wise – 27 June 2010
TV Bomb – 26 June 2010
View London – Matthew Turner – 25 June 2010
HeyuGuys – Martyn Warren – 25 June 2010
Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the sick James, does a fantastic job and plays someone with cancer in a realistic way, different from other performances who have attempted to play these difficult and personal roles.
Screendaily – Mark Adams – 22 June 2010
Where the film does succeed is offering a fine platform for four talented young British actors – Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Burke, JJ Feild and newcomer Adam Robertson – as the group of lifetime friends who head off on an ill-advised trip to West Wales.
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine – Caroline Whitham – 21 June 2010
Cumberbatch also deserves a great deal of credit, delivering a multi-layered character who wants to shake his friends out of their torpor and force them to find happiness in their lives, who is spiky and irritating and funny and brave, and so very tired of hurting all the time. If there isn’t at least a BAFTA nomination on the way for him, there is no justice in the world.
The Ooh Tray – Chris Macdonald
Although the cast are uniformly excellent… it’s the memorably-monickered Cumberbatch, an actor best known for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking, whose performance endures in the mind. Cutting an otherworldly figure with his impossibly sharp features and piercing eyes, Cumberbatch’s James is prickly, arrogant, constantly high on morphine, and desperately seeking some measure of control over his last days.