The Scouting Book for Boys

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Fourteen-year-old David (Thomas Turgoose) is spending the summer hanging out with Emily (Holly Grainger), the only other teenager in his trailer park. When her mom, Sharon (Susan Lynch), loses custody, Emily refuses to live with her father and convinces David to help her hide in a cave. While he brings Emily supplies and keeps her secret, the police investigate her disappearance -- and soon uncover Emily's relationship with her mother's boyfriend, Steve (Rafe Spall), igniting David's jealousy.

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Critic Reviews for The Scouting Book for Boys

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (9)

  • The setting is a seaside caravan site where the acting and directing do not measure up to the script.

    March 22, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Newcomer Tom Harper's direction manages to be both clumsy and overly stylised, while the script by Skins writer Jack Thorne is predictable.

    March 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • In the end, Scouting Book is a surprise delight, flawlessly cast and nimbly weathering its complex themes.

    March 22, 2010
  • If you are looking for a showcase of some of the best new talent in British cinema, you need look no farther than this terrific little film.

    March 19, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

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  • The narrative isn't entirely convincing, but the powerful and heartfelt performances from Turgoose and Grainger are.

    March 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Harper has done enough with this striking, ambitious debut to herald the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent.

    March 19, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 11, 2010
    thomas turgoose, who is making a name for himself in well made british youth films, this is england, and this is england,86, the tv series. somers town, and eden lake, being rather good, here hes a young lad, have a blossoming friendship with emily, again brilliantly played by holly grainger, its when she runs away that he becomes more protective of her than he should, as she hides out in a cave, police hunt for her as a missing person, and he visits keeping her in check, the film plays out well, a great score throughout, and the film tells its story well, with shocking turns towards end keeping story going
    scott g Super Reviewer

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