100

San Francisco Chronicle

The script and direction are virtually flawless.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As its title implies, This Is England isn't a hyperstylized head-trip a la "Trainspotting" but a straightforward calling to account.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
Authentic, fresh and utterly relevant.
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88

Premiere

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.
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88

Chicago Tribune

A small film that packs a big wallop.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
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.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Sad, menacing, empathetic story.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The 34-year-old Meadows has assembled an effective cast, especially newcomer Thomas Turgoose as Shaun and veteran Stephen Graham as Combo.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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