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This Is England Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 9, 2007
It doesn't seem the slightest bit like real life, even though writer/director Shane Meadows reportedly based it on his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
July 24, 2007
Isolated excellence and larger lack of nerve-all dots, no connection-grows frustrating as England turns from the personal to the political, from character study to social studies.
Jurgen Fauth
July 21, 2007
Starts out as well-acted and superbly designed mid-eighties time-capsule but degenerates to a formulaic conclusion that cheapens everything that went before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 25, 2007
This is England is a vile exercise in nihilism that goes nowhere fast.

Daily Telegraph
April 27, 2007
It's part western, part pornographic money shot.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
July 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2007
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. Without saying so, it also explains why skinheads are skinheads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
August 16, 2007
This Is England may be set in 1983 but it's as relevant today as it was then.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
July 27, 2007
The connections he makes between skinhead jingoism, Thatcher's aggressive governing style and an aimlessly spunky kid coming-of-age are trenchant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
Stephen Graham delivers a bravura performance as the brooding, mesmerizing Combo, clearly channeling Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper.
| Original Score: 5/5
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
April 25, 2007
Meadows would have made Alan Clarke proud with this must-see, partly autobiographical dramedy... This is England depicts a sensitive, whip-smart, and richly detailed portrait of the subculture from its heartbreakingly humble roots.
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
August 8, 2009
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.
Edward Douglas
July 24, 2007
One of the best movies about this troubled time in UK history ... shows a noticeable improvement and growth in Meadows as a filmmaker over his last few films.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 6, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
July 18, 2007
Meadows has a fighters' way with his camera, but an increasingly mature way with story.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 24, 2007
The director's affectionate warts-and-all portrait of his milieu and subculture is blistering, cogently capturing how England's early-'80s skinhead movement was driven less by blind racial intolerance than by intense socio-economic tensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
July 27, 2007
An edgy, engaging and easily believable coming-of-age portrait whose intimacy and plausibility probably derive from the fact that it was in part based on the real-life experiences of its writer/director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2007
A sympathetic, deeply human view of figures whose usual cinematic function is to get thrashed by Chuck Norris.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 11, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
August 17, 2007
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