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This Is England Reviews

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August 8, 2009
It is the war within him--and by extension, within the minds of many embittered, working class young men left behind in Thatcher's England--that Meadows's film most strikingly portrays.
December 22, 2007
Steeped in the raw mix of ska and punk sound as expression of the youth alienation and misguided rage of those tumultuous times, an alarming voice of the surging army of jobless youth back then dubbed 'no hopers.'
December 18, 2007
Stephen Graham delivers a bravura performance as the brooding, mesmerizing Combo, clearly channeling Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 29, 2007
Riveting.
November 15, 2007
Meadows obviously knows the working class neighborhoods that he depicts. There's a grit and honesty to his film as he chronicles the mundane details of these kids' lives.
November 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
November 9, 2007
An intelligent, spare, mean-streets sort of story, This Is England features superb performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 9, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 9, 2007
Its tough but moving neo-realist approach make it one of the better British films of recent times.
September 27, 2007
This Is England grabs you by the scruff of the neck and yanks you into the Thatcher 1980s with brute force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 23, 2007
A post-punk gem of a drama that seems bent on being both funny and deadly serious.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 23, 2007
This is not the England that makes you want to hop on over for a visit, but the movie is worthy of a quick look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2007
[Meadows] captures the palpable anger of impoverished youth, without money or jobs or hope, seeking to blame somebody else for their troubles.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 13, 2007
[Shane] Meadows' fictionalized version of these events is at least as vivid -- and at times as hard to watch -- as some of Ken Loach's more stark dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2007
This Is England is a movie like a punch to the solar plexus.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 7, 2007
It may be the best work to date from the talented 34-year-old writer-director of Twenty Four Seven (1997).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2007
A drama that's so potent and persuasive yet also natural and intimate that it almost has the heft of a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2007
Somewhere between the pop jouissance of Guy Ritchie and the social realism of Ken Loach, this ballsy drama freeze-frames bleak Thatcherite Yorkshire and exposes its racist underbelly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 7, 2007
A successfully executed cautionary tale condemning war and racism in the context of growing up in cloudy Northern England
| Original Score: 7/10
September 6, 2007
He [Director Shane Meadows] He has a gift for getting under the skin of his working-class characters, who are invariably from the British Midlands and are invariably struggling to hold onto honor and innocence in a violent, dangerous world.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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