Starred Up Reviews

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.
September 5, 2014
It marries ferocious, unnerving violence and waves of profanity to powerful, psychologically acute performances in a way that is intensely dramatic as well as almost unbearable to watch at times.
September 5, 2014
The raw emotions on display need no translation. David Mackenzie directs the film in a piercingly realistic style.
September 4, 2014
This is strong medicine, yet it's also exhilarating.
August 29, 2014
Starred Up is an edgy, teeming thriller, brilliantly disorienting, making strange a world we thought we knew, at least from other movies.