Spud (2010)




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Movie Info

It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.
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Critic Reviews for Spud

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

In a surprisingly strong performance, [John] Cleese puts a sharp spin on his portrayal as mentor to Spud [Troye Sivan], whose rites-of-passage journey avoids the usual cliches.

Full Review… | June 30, 2012

A hugely entertaining coming-of-age tale, grounded in realism. Sivan's note-perfect portrayal of the diminutive hero is matched by a razor-sharp Cleese.

Full Review… | April 22, 2012
The Sun Herald

If there was satirical intent, it is leached from the film.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

I think largely because of the completely innocent-seeming performance of Troye Sivan, it won me over and I found myself actually quite moved by the end.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
At the Movies (Australia)

This is a film most will like - especially fans of last year's Submarine.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
The Age (Australia)

You and your kids will have seen it all before but, if you're looking for a less brutal take on the ordeals of adolescence than the one offered by The Hunger Games, this could work.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Spud

Spud shows us that Troye Sivan's talent us truly endless. His performance in this film is professional and captivating, and I instantly took a liking to his character. The plot avoided all the cliches most boarding school films are a testament to, instead opting for a relatable, quirky film. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this film

Toni Acosta
Toni Acosta

What a lovely coming of age stor. And John Cleese is a joy to watch in any role. However, there were a few things that felt 'thrown in' just for the hell of it, like people dying, couples breaking up etc. etc. I felt bombarded by messages. I'm sure any 8th grade class could come up with 30 different morals they can learn from this movie. Overall a joyful experience. I just wish it was all tied in somehow with a point besides that life goes on when stuff happens.

Alex T
Alex T

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