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The film's strengths lie in its sense of authenticity.
A powerful debut from the writer-director Helen Walsh.
The Violators suffers from inevitable comparisons to Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, but is anchored by McQueen's terrific performance in her feature debut.
This dark slice of contemporary British drama deserves some serious attention.
A frank, slow-burning and gritty realist film that will leave audiences seething.
Six months into the year it's time to start thinking about the best films of 2016, and The Violators is comfortably up there.
The plotting becomes increasingly contrived and the final reel revelations don't ring true.
An unfocused and overly convenient story, but there are some glimmers of promise.
The young leads are excellent ... as is first-time cinematographer Tobin Jones, who eschews the grimy greys of traditional northern realism to capture the everyday locales in plangently living colour.
It's flawed by a slightly unconvincing and anticlimactic gun-related ending, but well acted, forthright and confident in the universe it creates.
The Violators doesn't break any new ground in its depiction of the downtrodden... but the actresses are finds who may have bright futures and it's sensitively directed by first time filmmaker Helen Walsh.
There are no easy answers in Walsh's heartbreaking look at life in Britain's lower class... In sharp contrast to Shelly's bleak life, Walsh's powerful coming-of-age tale is beautifully, dreamily shot.
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