Starred Up Reviews

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September 22, 2016
Mackenzie is seeking to understand how all this explosive male energy can co-exist under such brutal conditions, and the answer is with great difficulty.
September 25, 2014
Director David Mackenzie has empathy for the characters, but also knows how to ratchet up the tension and make the scene of mayhem pack a wallop.
September 22, 2014
[An] unusually cohesive and exciting prison drama ...
September 18, 2014
"Starred Up" manages to be sympathetic, not only because of O'Connell's galvanizing turn, but also Asser and director David Mackenzie's unwavering commitment to portraying his character with as much compassion as brutal honesty.
September 11, 2014
It's almost as difficult to sit through "Starred Up" as it is satisfying to watch it.
September 5, 2014
The British prison movie Starred Up has the excitement of a nonstop psychological cage fight, but its goal is enlightenment, not terror or cheap thrills.
June 17, 2019
Despite its use of tried-and-tested tropes, David Mackenzie has made something that feels incredibly refreshing and relevant.
March 8, 2019
Comes armed with a fine cast, topical subject matter and just enough subversion of a well-worn genre stable to please those exhausted by mindless gangster slash 'em ups.
October 26, 2018
The authentic script is supported by incredibly strong acting that genuinely captures the multifaceted experiences of growing up in the system.
May 18, 2018
Anyone not already aboard the bandwagon should make a beeline for this uncompromising prison drama, in which O'Connell plays a problematic teen doing his first extended stint in the slammer.
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