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A young man discovers how hard it can be to live down the reputation your family sets for you in this powerful drama. It's 1972, and John McGill (Gregg Forrest) has just completed grade school in Glasgow. John received excellent marks and has high hopes for middle school. However, his older brother Benny (Joe Szula) is well remembered at the school as a troublemaker and the leader of a youth gang, so John finds his teachers have low expectations of him, and offer him few opportunities to prove them wrong. When John is rejected by one of his new friends, Julian (Martin Bell), because his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"The casting is good throughout, but McCarron makes the movie."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's a personal, affecting and pleasingly unusual film, a little too long perhaps and unwieldy in its final stages, but never less than shocking, powerful and utterly relevant."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Kudos to Peter Mullan for this fine bit of history and excellent social commentary."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"This angry film is a forceful slice of life, clearly indebted to the realism of Ken Loach, in whose My Name Is Joe Mullan starred, and to whose Kes it nods."
‑ Philip French, Guardian [UK]
"A stringent street psychodrama in which brutality is an infection and every male is a carrier."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR
"There's a sense of inevitability about things, certainly, but it seems less written in the stars than unhappily scratched onto the kerb with a flicknife by John himself."
‑ Mayer Nissim, Digital Spy
"...echoes other classics of roiling childhood violence."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"Mullan is smart enough not to close his subject off; many questions remain, and true to the nature of social mobility, little is ever solved quickly."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"I's darkly humorous and strongly atmospheric but not especially surprising, a misjudged hallucinatory encounter with Jesus notwithstanding."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"First-timer McCarron is never less than convincing as a baby-faced brute who can elicit a stranger's sympathy as easily as he can inflict devastating comeuppance."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"... Despite its bold efforts to the contrary, it ultimately becomes a dehumanising experience and apology for self-ruination."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Neds opens with the sort of celebratory moment that makes you think for a moment that things might be all right."
‑ Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
"While it's beautifully shot in period style and features terrific performances from the largely non-professional cast, this film struggles to get us involved simply because there isn't much we can grab hold of."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A dark, evocative, hard-hitting piece of film-making leavened by flashes of sly wit, a great eye for period detail and a sound ear for authentic dialogue."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
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