This is England Synopsis
A boy (Thomas Turgoose) joins a gang of skinheads in 1980s Britain.
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San Francisco Chronicle

The script and direction are virtually flawless.
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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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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
Authentic, fresh and utterly relevant.
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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...
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Chicago Tribune

A small film that packs a big wallop.
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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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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,...
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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...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Sad, menacing, empathetic story.
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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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By BodhiDavi
This movie was so refreshing to see. It is packed with 80's nostalgia and did a great job bringing that decade back to life without going "over- the- top corny" on the audience. Shaun, (Thomas...

Be prepared to be shaken

By lsuperior
Solely from a filmmaking point of view, this movie was brilliant from the acting to the cinematography to the period music soundtrack. The content was full of social, cultural and political...

Can't decide

By pbylund
Gritty. Disturbing. Violent. Ugly. In the last scene when Shaun looks directly into the camera, anger oozing out, and the movie ends, I sat there thinking "What?!". The more I think about it, I...

You must see this movie!

By amsterdamlux
This is an excellent film about a commonly misinterpreted group who really just liked the music and look of the time before they got a racist stereotype. I laughed and felt sorry for many of the...


By Whammo
Beware of independent films with only one or two reviews all of them glowing. Viral marketing, they pay people to submit these or they have a personal interest in the film....

This is England

By Drez_Digital
Thought provoking coming of age deep drama....