This Is England (2007)



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

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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Shane Meadows
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2007
Box Office: $95.8k
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as Cynthia Fields

as Woody

as Pukey Nicholls

as Mr. Sandhu

as Shoe Shop Assistant

as Mr. Dudley

as Abigail Pollock

as Adam Waghorn

as Chip Shop Owner

as Gadget's Nan

as Teacher

as DJ Dave D

as Teacher 1

as Miss Shaw

as Mr. Thacker

as Mrs. Thacker

as Abigail's Friend

as Adam's Friend

as Teasing Kid

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Critic Reviews for This Is England

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (32)

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

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

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