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102 Ratings


Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
United Kingdom, Japan, 1994
Action, Crime, Drama


A lone group of teens, led by a recently released joyrider and his disenchanted girlfriend, strive to leave their mark on “a British city in the near future” and avoid a rival gang.

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Shopping Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

Critics reviews

Where Anderson tends to lose me is in his over-reliance on CGI vertiginousness. The images, finally, have a weightless quality that keeps them from echoing in the heart and mind. In Shopping, at least to my eye, Anderson fully restricts himself to gravity, as well as to the mostly unaugmented pleasures of his very photogenic cast, and the results are consistently sublime.
January 14, 2016
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It’s pretty silly stuff, as you might expect, though Anderson stages and shoots the store-smashing sequences with admirable gusto. But the failures and merits of Shopping are apparent enough without recourse to any special critical perspective. You don’t need an analysis of visual space to see that Anderson has a keen eye for action and directs the film’s high-octane spectacles well. Nor do you need to furrow your brow to work around the film’s clumsy dramaturgy: all of that is clear.
April 15, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Shopping

    The debut film by PWSA & it seems to show the best & worst aspects of his talents. PWSA is a gonzo confectioner with a socio-political conscience, a masterful craftsman & technician, but he isn't a borne storyteller or script writer. The day he hires someone else as his screenwriter will be the day he'll become unstoppable.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Shopping

    Feels more like something made to exemplify Anderson's future credentials as a director for hire as opposed to something made out of a genuine concern. The vaguely post-apocalyptic setting is interesting but not fully developed, while the satirical swipes at consumerism and desensitised youth culture are obvious and second-hand. Nonetheless, Anderson turns in a great Ridley Scott impression and the action is salient.

  • TheCentralRuhr's rating of the film Shopping

    A delightful artifact of adolescent rebellion circa-90s Britain. The anti-capitalist themes which would become trademarks in Anderson's subsequent films present themselves here in a uniquely youth-oriented context as the characters paradoxically find their whole lives ahead of them and no viable direction to travel within society (cont.)

  • John Matrix's rating of the film Shopping

    Anderson has crafted an interesting dystopian drama that doesn't indict society for the crimes of its youth (like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE). Instead, the film focuses on the pains and joys of a group of delinquents, slaves to a self-destructive lifestyle who enjoy their slavery. Blessed by good performances, beautifully nasty urban imagery, and a kick-ass soundtrack, SHOPPING is fascinating and entertaining throughout.

  • Allison Rung's rating of the film Shopping

    Maybe worth seeing early development of JL's signature pouty glare. But he's weak, even silly, as a tough-guy daredevil. The film might have been fun as a less talky FABLE, but instead it demands historicity, with leaden cues like, "It's the 90s. Sex isn't safe anymore." You might put together a pat Freudian reading with this sex-phobia and all the sticks, fingers, and ramming here. But you'd have to watch it again.

  • Nathan Hopkins's rating of the film Shopping

    There are fun moments, interspersed with occasional character development. To be honest, I would rate the last half of the movie much higher than the first, as the first is mainly uninteresting, trite sequences (which make the movie look quite dated). Acting and writing are a mixed bag, but the gritty aesthetic and cinematography are decent in places. Nothing special, but the inevitable conclusion is worth it.

  • George Elkind's rating of the film Shopping

    Fantastic mood and style in this portrait of England's equivalent of rust belt malaise. Deserves much of the credit for capturing moody '90's cool that often goes to (say) Linklater's sophomore work or Reality Bites. Without being too psychological about it, Shopping delves into the hungry fantasies that so often lie opposite fantastic wealth and consumer showmanship. The subject is not one but two juvenile contests.

  • Edmund Poliks's rating of the film Shopping

    Evidence of Paul W. S. Anderson's soundtrack preferences for Mortal Kombat. An ultimately unfocused and turgid affair by its end, the performances of Sadie Frost, Sean Pertwee, and the highly underutilized Sean Bean make for some entertaining spots.

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