Rupert Grint Rave Reviews: Cherrybomb

Rupert Grint’s Rave Reviews for Cherrybomb

“The relation triangle is presented convincingly by new generation stars Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon.”

Berlin Film Festival

“Among the stars of 14plus is Rupert Grint, who doesn’t bear any resemblance to Harry Potter’s friend Ron in his new role…”

Berliner MorgenPost (daily paper) (in German — translated by Suzanne)

“The one who already has to be counted among the winners is the Briton Rupert Grint. In the Harry Potter films he is Ronald Weasley, the best friend of the eponymous wizard-in-training, and the eternal second behind the actor who portrays him, Daniel Radcliffe. In Cherrybomb, which has its world premiere in the 14plus section, Grint is allowed to get rid of the buddy-image.”

Maerkische Allgemeine (in German — translated by Ivana)

“Like his collegue Daniel Radcliffe, Grint too is trying to change his image for the post-Potter-era and he holds his own very honorably!”

Berliner Morgenpost (in German — translated by Suzanne)

“One usually expects of Rupert Grint something to do with magic. But actually Malachy does not have a magic wand or anything else magical. … All three actors played in such a gripping way that one might think, all this would have really happened.”

Junge Journalisten (in German — translated by Ivana)

“In it, Rupert Grint proves that he is more than Harry Potter’s best friend.”

Bunte – Szene (in German — translated by Ivana)

“… above all ‘Cherrybomb’, which celebrated its world premiere at the Berlinale, demonstrates that Grint is a talented actor. Alfonso Cuarón, the director of ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban’, had already stated three years ago that he considers Grint as the most promising actor among the Potter stars.” (in German — translated by Ivana)

“Grint conveys an eager-to-please middle-class background as Malachy…”

Screen Daily

“We are familiar, of course, with Grint’s work in the Harry Potter movies as Harry’s funny and fiercely loyal best friend Ron Weasley. So it is particularly interesting to watch his performance as a Belfast youth, caught between a stable, comfortable home life and his desire to prove himself a dangerous ‘bad boy’ to impress the alluring Michelle and keep pace with his truly wild best friend Luke. In this film, Grint is unrecognizable from his Ron Weasely persona. He makes an impressive transformation, both physically, trading Ron’s shaggy ginger locks for rockabilly slicked-back hair, and in his character. With an insouciant smirk and latent intensity behind a calm exterior, Grint is convincing as Malachy, a hard-partying guy who is essentially a good kid with a rebellious streak, an “A” student and a poet armed with a can of spray paint. … Whereas Grint’s Malachy was played with the quiet subtlety befitting the anchor in Luke’s life, Sheehan gives Luke a frenetic, nervous energy. … But even in the quieter scenes, good use is made of close-ups of the highly expressive faces of the young stars, especially Grint and Sheehan, who are both exceptionally watchable and appealing in a real way, and not the perfect, pretty-boy Hollywood standard.”

Dr. Funkenberry

“… Cherrybomb plays very well indeed. It’s got a dream teen cast – all the main leads are superb and, although none are native to the province, each acquit themselves almost flawlessly as far as Northern Ireland accents are concerned.”
“One of the 16 year-olds at the centre of this teen drama is Malachy (Rupert Grint), who, presumably during the summer while waiting on his exam results, works at the Titanic Leisure Complex (…) His family are a bit middle-class and clingy, a bit of an embarrassment for a young 16 year old boy who would rather be out drinking, smoking and shagging girls.”
“Younger audiences however will I’m sure, if they are anything like the characters in the film, take this all in their stride and in a mature fashion, and feel rather more comfortable than myself with the sight of young heartthrobs like Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon running around semi-clothed for fair portions of the film.”
“Fabulously directed, well scored and impressively performed…”

DVD Times

“…Cherrybomb – a fairly entertaining teens-gone-bad tale set in Belfast. It’s stylishly shot and contains some excellent performances, although I’ll never be able to watch Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) in the same light again…”

Talking Movies

“The pair of directors don’t waste their time trying to demonstrate a strikingly original style, they have faith in the pale face of Rupert Grint (who has finally freed himself from the Harry Potter label), and they content themselves with a few simple solutions, such as the text messages materializing onto the screen, as the sign of an increasingly shorter and more painful communication.”

Sentierri Selvaggi (in Italian — translated by Anna and Ivana)

“If you expect Rupert Grint to be somewhat slow and dumb just like he is in the Harry Potter films, you will be positively surprised. Grint is capable of being more than a sorcerers apprentice sidekick. In Cherrybomb he shows off his sexy and wild side.”


“…Grint in the Northern Irish film Cherrybomb where he plays, with incredible nuance, a model teen that struggles against the expectations of his family and the weight of oncoming adulthood.”

The Daily Princetonian

“Strong turns from Grint and Sheehan, and a punchy storyline elevate this from TV drama to something powerfully cinematic.”

Empire Online

“Full of humour, drama, romance, nudity, drugs and a fortunately convincing Belfast accent from Rupert, is definitely worth putting on your list of films not to miss.”

Heat World

“The actors in the film do a good job overall in putting across the teenage angst and sexual tension …
Special attention however must be given to Grint’s attempt at the Belfast accent; surprisingly he is able to pull it off convincingly, only losing it in a few occasions. ”


Despite having less to work with, Grint outshines his co-stars and shows that he can offer a whole lot more than Ron Weasley. His breakout from Harry Potter’s shadow starts here.

Entertainment IE

‘Harry Potter’ stalwart Rupert Grint confirms he has the acting chops for the long haul
Right down to the impeccable Ulster accent, Grint is note perfect

Time Out London

Rupert Grint has escaped from Hogwarts before, but this is his most grown-up, challenging role to date – he’s even got a sex scene.
Rupert Grint grows up in this irreverent youth-culture drama which is more for Skins fans than Harry Potter addicts.

OK Magazine

“Rupert Grint imbues Malachy with an unhinged sense of longing in his eyes, a deep sadness that contrasts finely with the cheerful exuberance of the rest of his family.”

Digital Spy

“He has, in a way, the least to do in terms of scenery-chewing thespianism –unless you count the Northern Irish accent, which he does perfectly well. But whoever advised him to take this part did a good day’s work: Grint is putting down a marker with this film as a convincing, thoughtful and highly effective actor.”

BFI Sight & Sound

“Grint pulls off an impressive Belfast accent and has decent chemistry with both his co-stars…
Sheehan and Grint ensure that Cherrybomb is never less than watchable.”

View London

“However, his performance (generally – not in bed. Filth) is a considerable improvement on Driving Lessons and the whole cast deliver convincing portrayals of idle, Twitter-connected youth even if their lack of moral parameters are a cause for some concern.”

Sky Movies

“The three young actors are strong enough to make this tension believable, although Grint is the only one who underplays it perfectly, creating an intriguingly sympathetic character. We can actually see what Michelle sees in Malachy, although what he sees in her is less clear.”

Shadows On The Wall

“Grint fares well as the more fully realised of the three leads, as he walks a thin line between straight and crooked paths”

Radio Times

“The film is certainly well performed. Grint is developing into a very decent character actor, and the uneasy frisson that surges when Ron Weasley unveils his naughty side increases the developing sense of transgressive inappropriateness.”

Irish Times

“While it never quite manages to shake off the E4 vibe, it’s good to see Grint stretching his wings.”

Daily Mirror

“Grint throws off the Ron Weasley sheckles in this ‘Skins’-style teen romp.”

The List

“Cherrybomb finally opens with a revelatory performance from Rupert Grint that proves there is much more to the young British actor than his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise.”

Bucks Free Press

“Beneath an artful quiff, Rupert Grint gives a decent performance in this post-Potter career move”

Times Online

“But it’s Grint who has more to prove without the gold and burgundy scarf to lean on. He does well and he does everything that’s expected of him. It’ll be interesting to see what he does next in order to build upon this totally satisfactory but not amazing performance.”

Film Juice

“Grint, with slicked back hair and an attitude, gets to have sex and take drugs, which are the only highpoints in this Belfast-set drama. … Rupert Grint is best thing in dull Belfast drama.”

The Mirror

“Potter kid Rupert Grint gets to stretch his acting chops…”

Totally Dublin

“Rupert Grint sticks to fingers up to his nice guy image, as Ron Weasely in the Harry Potter films, with a revelatory performance as a hormone-filled teen…”

Attitude Magazine

“Daniel Radcliffe got naked on stage; Emma Watson chopped off her hair. Every “Harry Potter“-star tried in his own way to get rid of the burden of being identified with one role for good, which he played half of his lifetime. Rupert Grint tries it with the teen drama “Cherrybomb” … with an impressive sensitivity for the youths’ awareness of life, Cherrybomb catches the audience as a clever bit of cinema between drama and thriller. Especially with its first-class trio of young actors in which Grint scintillates as a veteran of acting.
A successful change of image.
Conclusion: Well done teen thriller starring grown up Potter-sidekick Grint”

Pirania (In German – Translation by Melina and Kathy)

“he does a fine job of showing a different direction he can take with Malachy who comes across as an off-the-rails Ron. Ably assisted by Sheehan playing aloof teenager Luke who’ll do what he pleases with casual ease and Nixon pushing her female charms as Michelle, they make a convincing trio of troublemakers.”

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