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