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This Is England (2007)


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 84
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: A moving coming-of-age tale that captures the despair among England's working-class youth in the 1980s.

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: A moving coming-of-age tale that captures the despair among England's working-class youth in the 1980s.


Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 53,836


Movie Info

It's 1983 and school is out. Twelve-year-old Shaun is a lonely boy growing up in a grim coastal town in northern England, whose father died fighting in the Falklands War. Over the course of the summer holiday he befriends a group of local skinheads. With his pent-up rage and frustration, Shaun finds exactly what he needs in the gang-mischief, mayhem and brotherhood. He also meets the volatile and boorish Combo, an older skinhead who sees himself in Shaun. Adopting Shaun as his protege, Combo … More

Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Shane Meadows
In Theaters:
Nov 13, 2007
Box Office:
IFC First Take - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for This Is England

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (6) | DVD (15)

How sad and predictable is the fate of those who counsel violence as a means to an end. And yet how poignant it all seems when viewed through Shane Meadows' thoughtful lens.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

You wouldn't think a film about a group of British skinheads during the early 1980s could be a sweet, nostalgic coming-of-age period piece, but that's the surprise of the authentic, fresh and utterly relevant This Is England.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Its tough but moving neo-realist approach make it one of the better British films of recent times.

November 9, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It may be the best work to date from the talented 34-year-old writer-director of Twenty Four Seven (1997).

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A drama that's so potent and persuasive yet also natural and intimate that it almost has the heft of a documentary.

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A movie about the allure of groupthink and how the warm comfort of being surrounded by peers wilts all sense of balance.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Detroit News
Top Critic

It is the war within him--and by extension, within the minds of many embittered, working class young men left behind in Thatcher's England--that Meadows's film most strikingly portrays.

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
Reverse Shot

Steeped in the raw mix of ska and punk sound as expression of the youth alienation and misguided rage of those tumultuous times, an alarming voice of the surging army of jobless youth back then dubbed 'no hopers.'

Full Review… | December 22, 2007

Stephen Graham delivers a bravura performance as the brooding, mesmerizing Combo, clearly channeling Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper.

December 18, 2007
Manhattan Movie Magazine


Full Review… | November 29, 2007
Orlando Weekly

Meadows obviously knows the working class neighborhoods that he depicts. There's a grit and honesty to his film as he chronicles the mundane details of these kids' lives.

November 15, 2007

An intelligent, spare, mean-streets sort of story, This Is England features superb performances...

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Jam! Movies

This Is England grabs you by the scruff of the neck and yanks you into the Thatcher 1980s with brute force.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A post-punk gem of a drama that seems bent on being both funny and deadly serious.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is not the England that makes you want to hop on over for a visit, but the movie is worthy of a quick look.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007

[Meadows] captures the palpable anger of impoverished youth, without money or jobs or hope, seeking to blame somebody else for their troubles.

September 14, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

[Shane] Meadows' fictionalized version of these events is at least as vivid -- and at times as hard to watch -- as some of Ken Loach's more stark dramas.

Full Review… | September 13, 2007
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This Is England is a movie like a punch to the solar plexus.

Full Review… | September 12, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

Somewhere between the pop jouissance of Guy Ritchie and the social realism of Ken Loach, this ballsy drama freeze-frames bleak Thatcherite Yorkshire and exposes its racist underbelly.

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Austin Chronicle

A successfully executed cautionary tale condemning war and racism in the context of growing up in cloudy Northern England

September 7, 2007
Monsters and Critics

He [Director Shane Meadows] He has a gift for getting under the skin of his working-class characters, who are invariably from the British Midlands and are invariably struggling to hold onto honor and innocence in a violent, dangerous world.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for This Is England

A bit underwhelming, perhaps due to the big hype. Seemed like some good improvisatory acting but not much else.

Obviously, the skins do have some of the best music which helps any film. Toots rules.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Touching, funny, harrowing; "This is England" is a film of effortless power and a definite standout of British movie making in the noughties. An honest, street-smart screenplay (and autobiographical account) by Shane Meadows (Dead Man's Shoes) and the incredible performances of the young Thomas Turgoose and Stephen Graham (as one of the scariest ticking time bombs in recent memory) make for an unforgettable film and a mandatory viewing for anyone who appreciates gritty realism on screen.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

This is Terrific.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


It's a very interesting movie and I can understand why some people would call it a masterpiece. I however thought it was good but at times a bit too gritty for it's own good. Unlike say, Four Lions, it didn't sympathise the characters enough and sometimes when the drama get's too serious, it get's a bit boring. This is England is a skillfully directed film and the source material has been studied in depth but a lot of people I guarantee will loathe it.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

This Is England Quotes

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