This Is England (2007)



Critic Consensus: A moving coming-of-age tale that captures the despair among England's working-class youth in the 1980s.

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It's 1983 and school is out. Twelve-year-old Shaun is a lonely boy growing up in a grim coastal town in northern England, whose father died fighting in the Falklands War. Over the course of the summer holiday he befriends a group of local skinheads. With his pent-up rage and frustration, Shaun finds exactly what he needs in the gang-mischief, mayhem and brotherhood. He also meets the volatile and boorish Combo, an older skinhead who sees himself in Shaun. Adopting Shaun as his protege, Combo leads the gang down a hate spewing path that culminates in an irreversible act of violence.
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Jo Hartley
as Cynthia Fields
Andrew Shim
as Milky
Jack O'Connell
as Pukey Nicholls
Andrew Ellis
as Gadget
Kriss Dosanjh
as Mr. Sandhu
Hannah Walters
as Shoe Shop Assistant
Dave Laws
as Mr. Dudley
Aisling Loftus
as Abigail Pollock
Joe Sentence
as Adam Waghorn
Shane Meadows
as Chip Shop Owner
Pamela Cundell
as Gadget's Nan
Elliot Brown-Walters
as Poor Mate 1
Ian Smith
as Teacher
Seamus O'Neill
as DJ Dave D
Dave Blant
as Teacher 1
Ladene Hall
as Miss Shaw
Harold Gould
as Mr. Thacker
Betty Gould
as Mrs. Thacker
Georgia Groome
as Abigail's Friend
Gabriel Jennings
as Adam's Friend
Matthew Blamires
as Teasing Kid
Harpal Hayer
as Football Kid
Terry Haywood
as Football Kid
Nimesh Jami
as Football Kid
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All Critics (89) | Top Critics (30)

How sad and predictable is the fate of those who counsel violence as a means to an end. And yet how poignant it all seems when viewed through Shane Meadows' thoughtful lens.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

You wouldn't think a film about a group of British skinheads during the early 1980s could be a sweet, nostalgic coming-of-age period piece, but that's the surprise of the authentic, fresh and utterly relevant This Is England.

November 9, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Its tough but moving neo-realist approach make it one of the better British films of recent times.

November 8, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It may be the best work to date from the talented 34-year-old writer-director of Twenty Four Seven (1997).

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A drama that's so potent and persuasive yet also natural and intimate that it almost has the heft of a documentary.

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A movie about the allure of groupthink and how the warm comfort of being surrounded by peers wilts all sense of balance.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for This Is England

Touching, funny, harrowing; "This is England" is a film of effortless power and a definite standout of British movie making in the noughties. An honest, street-smart screenplay (and autobiographical account) by Shane Meadows (Dead Man's Shoes) and the incredible performances of the young Thomas Turgoose and Stephen Graham (as one of the scariest ticking time bombs in recent memory) make for an unforgettable film and a mandatory viewing for anyone who appreciates gritty realism on screen.

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Michael S

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This is Terrific.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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It's a very interesting movie and I can understand why some people would call it a masterpiece. I however thought it was good but at times a bit too gritty for it's own good. Unlike say, Four Lions, it didn't sympathise the characters enough and sometimes when the drama get's too serious, it get's a bit boring. This is England is a skillfully directed film and the source material has been studied in depth but a lot of people I guarantee will loathe it.

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