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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Both leading actors are teenagers who’ve never acted before — and they are both phenomenal. show more

  • 80
    Neil Young The Hollywood Reporter

    [A] solidly effective addition to Britain's social realism tradition, elevated by excellent performances by the young leads and some unexpectedly poetic touches. show more

  • 79

    An emotionally punishing experience. show more

  • 90
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    As Arbor, nonprofessional actor Chapman gives one of the fiercest performances of this kind since Martin Compston's turn as a different sort of teenage entrepreneur in Loach's 2002 film "Sweet Sixteen." He's riveting, even in his final moment of calm. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    The ear for language is paired with an eye for the landscape, and the film finds beauty even in such a seemingly dreary, economically depressed community. show more

  • 50
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    It is admirably unsparing and gloomily atmospheric. And I looked at my watch a bunch of times. show more

  • 100
    Paul Bradshaw Total Film

    Carried aloft by the remarkable performances of her two young leads, Clio Barnard’s poignant, unflinching slice of hard-knock-life grips tight and lingers long. Britain’s definitely got talent. show more

  • 100
    Robbie Collin The Telegraph

    So hauntingly perfect is Barnard’s film, and so skin-pricklingly alive does it make you feel to watch it, that at first you can hardly believe the sum of what you have seen. show more

  • 80
    Damon Wise Empire

    A terrific human drama about two boys about to be consigned to the scrapheap, with standout performances from its young leads. show more

  • 80
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Mike Eley’s gorgeously saturated cinematography helps elevate the boys’ struggle into the realm of the heroic, but it’s the two young stars — one a whirlwind and the other a quiet protector — who make this only-slightly tall tale into something towering. show more

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