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Based on 23 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The script and direction are virtually flawless. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Turgoose, in his first film role, is entirely convincing as the strong-willed but naïve Shaun, and Graham is a genuine fright as the feral prototype of the violent skinhead culture on the horizon. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    As its title implies, This Is England isn't a hyperstylized head-trip a la "Trainspotting" but a straightforward calling to account. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is taut, tense, relentless. It shows why Shaun feels he needs to belong to a gang, what he gets out of it and how it goes wrong. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    A small film that packs a big wallop. show more

  • 88

    This Is England may be best summed up as a "coming-of-age" story that puts aside the clichéd baggage often carried by the description and ultimately ends up being moving, genuinely funny, thought-provoking, and highly recommended. show more

  • 88
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Authentic, fresh and utterly relevant. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The 34-year-old Meadows has assembled an effective cast, especially newcomer Thomas Turgoose as Shaun and veteran Stephen Graham as Combo. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    British director Shane Meadows' strongest film to date is also his most personal: A stylish fictionalization of his own wayward youth, spent among a group of working-class skinheads in Thatcher's England. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    In addition to telling an involving story, This Is England is insightful and informative. show more

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