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A young man makes some new and dangerous friends in this kitchen-sink drama set in Northern England in 1979. 19-year-old Carty (Nicky Bell) lives with his father (Ged McKenna) and younger sister Molly (Holliday Grainger) and has a good job working for his uncle Bob (Ian Puleston-Davies). Despite his loving family and promising future, Carty is fascinated with "the Pack," a gang of football supporters led by John (Stephen Graham) who are known in the neighborhood for their drinking and reckless violence. Carty strikes up a casual friendship with Mark (Liam Boyle), a member of the Pack… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film falls down in its effort to make credible the background stories of its well-performed lead characters."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A quality cast, strong performances and excellent period detail keep it feeling real."
‑ , Daily Record [UK]
"A pretentious, grubbily voyeuristic paean to football hooliganism, kitted out with ubiquitous slo-mo violence, tactical post-punk hits and retro fashions."
‑ Ali Catterall, Film4
"What's convincing here is the pervasive unhappiness - the movie really understands violence as a drug, a way out of a void."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Call us old-fashioned, but we wouldn't have minded some characters to relate to, root for and care about."
‑ Charles Gant, Heat Magazine
"Awaydays comes close to being lumped in with every other British indie but the excellent production quality pull it through and director Pat Holden is left with another promising, if flawed, adventure."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"There's no shortage of movies about Britain's mean streets and, for the most part, Awaydays runs with the pack."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"All around him the movie drips with atmosphere. The evocative sense of place is overwhelming, and perhaps the real star. Birkenhead in 1979 may not have been like this. But it is now."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Awaydays is a ham-fisted coming-of-age drama that fails to say anything interesting about male relationships, violence, the 1970s or the peculiar northern soul of Liverpool."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"Lacking the empathy brought to this sort of subject by Shane Meadows, this is a one-way ticket that hits the dramatic buffers all too soon."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"Bell's wholehearted performance and the film's convincingly scuzzy atmosphere don't make up for the big hole in the script."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"A meagre budget and a lack of clear-cut character motivations blunts the impact of what might have been a powerful Mean Streets-style study of male friendship."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"To these figures, Sampson applies an almost hysterical level of romanticisation, and it sort of works - especially when all the impossibly yearning post-punk music on the soundtrack really gets going."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Awaydays is a reasonably well-crafted coming of age story and the best of the recent hooligan dramas. It would've been much more impressive, however, had it arrived before Control and This Is England."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"To its credit, Awaydays does not glamorise its hooligans the way The Football Factory and Green Street did."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
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