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The Scouting Book for Boys (2009)

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The witty and somber sides of growing up in working-class Britain are explored in this coming of age drama. David (Thomas Turgoose) and Emily (Holliday Grainger) are a pair of teenagers who grew up in the same trailer park in Norfolk. David and Emily have grown to be best friends; his introspective nature is a compliment for her rambunctious side, and they share a fondness for playing tricks on others. However, life hasn't been kind to Emily lately -- her mother (Susan Lynch) has been deemed an

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (7)

Harper has done enough with this striking, ambitious debut to herald the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Increasingly dark and involving, this British drama tells a gripping story through the eyes of an intriguing teen

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The setting is a seaside caravan site where the acting and directing do not measure up to the script.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Newcomer Tom Harper's direction manages to be both clumsy and overly stylised, while the script by Skins writer Jack Thorne is predictable.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

In the end, Scouting Book is a surprise delight, flawlessly cast and nimbly weathering its complex themes.

March 22, 2010
Little White Lies

Tom Harper's feature debut is a wistful and atmospheric drama, with superb performances from Turgoose and especially Grainger.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

First-time director Tom Harper creates a suitably foreboding atmosphere, ensuring that even if the dramatic turns the film takes stretch credibility, the film feels like a sincere reflection of its protagonist's world.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Tom Harper's debut feature shows the director has an eye for a great shot -- the opening sequence where the two young actors leap across caravan tops against the setting sun is particularly memorable.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

While the performances are passable, the plot is much less impressive as it journeys into dark and increasingly improbable waters.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's one of those depressing, unconsciously patronising British movies about downmarket characters in which everyone has such a low IQ that it's difficult to drum up much empathy for any of them.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

A very promising, if depressing, first feature.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

If you are looking for a showcase of some of the best new talent in British cinema, you need look no farther than this terrific little film.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The narrative isn't entirely convincing, but the powerful and heartfelt performances from Turgoose and Grainger are.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The nagging implausibilities of the story keep stifling its emotional potential.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Impressively directed, sharply written British drama with terrific central performances from Thomas Turgoose and Holliday Grainger.

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Like a British beach sunset, it starts all romantic and retro but quickly gets dark and starts smelling a bit fishy.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

A promising young writer/director team show signs of strain on their feature debut, juggling too many flavours at once.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This thoroughly engrossing tale deserves to reach an audience, as one hopes that such brave and powerful filmmaking will encourage others in the industry to invest in the unique and young home-grown talent responsible for this triumph.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

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