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October 20, 2017
amazing movie to begin with. but some aspects could really be aproved on in my opionin. like the over dramatic music. also is there no clear ending as to what really happend. and also what happend to al the characters.
July 11, 2017
Shane Meadows best work yet. Can watch this film over and over again.
May 3, 2017
Shane Meadows tells an intimate, yet unrelenting, story about desperately wanting to belong, the racial conflict that still remains in the west, and the pains of growing up.
March 25, 2017
Gets better with every viewing
½ March 19, 2017
This is England is not what it seems or appears to be. Like a meal that sounds fabulous on the menu, then tastes really quite average; this is the story of This is England.
After films such as Romper Stomper and American History X, England has its version of disenchanted youth posing as white supremacist neo nazis, and lacks poorly at what it could've achieved. Not only does it lack the intensity, violence and hatred, it fails to deliver the emotional and social side of such causes. In the end, it tries a little too hard on a story that's been told many times before, and floats along in a blas'e sort of way.
½ March 16, 2017
Splendid cinematography and great music to give you the 80s feeling necessary, characters to fall in love with but a bit of a shallow look on an ideological level.
January 5, 2017
Amazing movie. Great acting, great story, great direction, great soundtrack, just great overall. I could watch it many times and never get bored.
December 26, 2016
Simply brilliant in it's own essence-- "This is England" is truly one of a kind. The acting transcends that of the everyday movie and leaves the viewer with the impression that this movie is alive. The film offers a history lesson as well as a story with a solid plot, leaving one with the feeling that there are very few films that offer such a profound understanding of the world. Evoking an intense sympathy with the story's protagonists, it makes one wonder about the sociological aspects of his or her own life and what really is childhood.
December 8, 2016
An all around very well made film, in terms of cinematography, gritty realism mixed with humor, and especially in terms of conviction-filled performances.
November 23, 2016
As utterly captivating as it is heartbreaking. Thoughtful, confronting, challenging, at times gleefully funny, other times vividly tragic, but above all memorable and rewarding.
The musical theme by Ludovico Einaudi is a suitable classic for the ages.
This one stays with you, for good or bad.
½ October 19, 2016
This Is England paints a gritty working class picture of 1980's England, a picture rarely seen in mainstream cinema and for that alone it has to be credited. It's a very well made low-budget film and it's directed to perfection, with Shane Meadows getting the most out of a very promising cast.

It's a story that evokes strong empathy towards the characters and it's the performances by the main cast, in particular Thomas Turgoose and Stephen Graham, that enhance this empathy further.

This Is England has a unique style, it's set in a unique time and it revolves around a unique set of individuals that have been 'let down' by someone or something, weather that be a loved one or the government. The main reason I enjoyed this film is because there is so much you can take from it as an individual.

At the time of it's release I truly believed Shane Meadows had created something special and since then he's gone on to make multiple critically acclaimed spin off TV series of the film. All of which are fantastic.

One of my favourite British films of all time.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
July 25, 2016
A very moving film about the working class youth in the 80's but focuses on one young boy being brainwashed into becoming a skinhead, The acting was great but the script felt sloppy in places and the story even though was gripping didn't really go anywhere and the ending was predictable and abit lackluster, The humour added was just enough to keep it feeling fresh, Overall it's a good film just overhyped mainly down to the plot not going anywhere.
March 27, 2016
'This Is England' is a film that was released in 2006 and directed by Shane Meadows. Meadows is known for his bleak, autobiographical and realistic films such as 'A Room for Romeo Brass' and 'Dead Man's Shoes'. This film deals with the working class British culture in the year of 1983 during the rise of Thatcherism. Meadows opens the film with a montage of real footage of the Falklands Conflict, Margaret Thatcher, television shows, computer games and riots along with a popular 'ska' song taken from the 1980s. The job of this montage is to inform the viewer of the social and historical context of the setting and to remind them of the passions and repressions that the characters in the film are faced with. 'This Is England' mainly deals with the issue of race by having a young boy introduced to a gang of skinheads. Recently released from prison, one skinhead becomes a right-wing Nationalist (a statement about the 1980s prison system) and he convinces the boy to terrorise ethnic minorities in order to avenge his father who was killed in the Falklands Conflict.
½ March 3, 2016
If "This Is England " as the title boldly announces, then England must be a steaming mound of crap.

Predictable story of "Good kid falls in with bad crowd" offers nothing new to the genre, other than a backdrop of Thatcherite gloom.
Avoid.
February 14, 2016
A good British movie
January 13, 2016
Wanna see a great movie? Well come aboard, This is England is a great movie with lots of funnies, touching moments, and racial violence, A good laugh.
½ January 6, 2016
The movie takes you back to the 80's, when England was convulsed
by a social and political revolution. The grey/cold atmosphere and
the top acting only add up to the drama. Don't watch this if you're looking
for a feel good flick.
November 9, 2015
How real. How cute. How poignant
September 26, 2015
It works as a spin-off but not as a stand-alone feature film.
September 25, 2015
'Anger is an energy' once bellowed the brilliant lungs of a certain anarchist in circa 1983 - the very same year that Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) got his first pre-adolescent rebellion shave. We forget so casually the importance and positive contribution of anti-establishment groups in our society, even now in times of political disenchantment. Meadows, in my personal opinion, the only kitchen-sink-realist to long linger over unpalatable subject matters; other same-field filmographers likely too cautious of criticism to venture down the unlaundered pit-holes of scream-telling debauchery. 'This is England' all four chapters, the cast maintain a solid unity though they truly are one big family on the whole, despite individual struggles and the dangerous obscure presence of Combo, whose self-admittance to frequent asylum to protect himself and society, (from himself) a poignant twister that Meadows own emotional IQ Oscar-triple worthy!.
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