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Loosely based on a true story, director Jon S. Baird's Cass traces the evolution of one individual from an infant with slim prospects to one of the most respected and feared individuals in the United Kingdom. Nonso Alonzie stars as the title character, who begins life as a Jamaican baby bereft of his parents, but promptly witnesses his fate and future turn an unexpected corner with his adoption by an elderly Caucasian couple. Pummeled mercilessly and bullied with racist taunts as a boy, Cass instinctively takes matters into his own hands and thus discovers a source of power and control, in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"Though the narrative is saggy and you feel there's nowhere left to go after the first hour, a much-needed dash of class from Jon S Baird's direction helps lift 'Cass' above its oft-reactionary genre brethren."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"There isn't, in fact, a single off-key performance in what is otherwise an ordinary film."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"What follows is your standard footy ruck saga - stabbings, jail, love of a good woman."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"It is a bit better than many recent lipsmacking movies on similar subjects... but there's still the same self-serving, self-sentimentalising macho nonsense."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A fair effort which does nothing to beat it's way out of a crowded genre."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"The film's repetitive structure never quite resolves into something we can properly engage with, especially when a somewhat heavy-handed message rears its head."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"When Anozie isn't delivering a tired voiceover about honour on the terraces, we're treated to rubbish fights, feeble dialogue and mockney accents. Dreadful."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"A mature take on this most contentious of issues, and quite possibly the best film on the subject in 20 years."
‑ Chris Tilly, IGN Movies UK
"Inanimate dialogue and plodding pacing don't give the talented cast much to work with, and the camera is directed with all the grace of a pub brawl at closing time."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"A sharp look back at the Thatcher years matched by an edgy script and shocking mindless violence"
‑ Victor Olliver, Teletext
"This is an engaging, well made and sharply written British drama that is definitely worth seeing. Great soundtrack too."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Crunchier than an ICF coshing and about as subtle."
‑ Kate Stables, Total Film
"It never fully convinces you that he deserves a movie."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Cass has more heart than your average hooligan flick, but it's a clumsy, compromised film, hamstrung by its own redemptive structure and too infatuated with its protagonist to take an objective point of view."
‑ Paul Arendt, Film4
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