4 ratings and 4 reviews
Four stars, this was a brilliant, moving, hilarious movie, which pulled no punches and was a lot more fun than the trailer might suggest, while simultaneously dealing with some pretty heavy stuff.
The writer-director brilliantly juxtaposes the personal and the political, bookending a stirring coming-of-age drama with the provocative opening and an equally affecting end sequence... Full review.
Hard, often shocking, film about punk life in early 80s Britain has great performances and some very funny scenes... Full review.
1/2 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... Full review.
The script and direction are virtually flawless.... Full review.
A modest, near-flawless gem, This Is England is the fifth feature by the young British director Shane Meadows, doing his best work since he first hit the festival scene in the mid-1990s with his hilarious, raw-hewn shorts “Small Time.”... Full review.
1/2 Known for casting non-professionals, this film is worth seeing for the stunning performance from first-timer Tommo Turgoose who is all of 13-years-old, and just brilliant.... Full review.
With its knockout lead perfs and taut if slightly familiar construction, this '80s-set dramedy about a skinhead gang reps Meadows' most fluently made film so far... Full review.