Neds (2011)

John McGill is a promising student at a tough Glasgow school who, despite a family background of alcoholism and abuse, looks set to sail into university and a bright future beyond. That is, until things begin to go wrong at school and John,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 23, 2011
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

The casting is good throughout, but McCarron makes the movie.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Kudos to Peter Mullan for this fine bit of history and excellent social commentary.

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Jeannette Catsoulis

A stringent street psychodrama in which brutality is an infection and every male is a carrier.

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Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy

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.

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Chris Barsanti

...echoes other classics of roiling childhood violence.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

... Despite its bold efforts to the contrary, it ultimately becomes a dehumanising experience and apology for self-ruination.

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Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

Neds opens with the sort of celebratory moment that makes you think for a moment that things might be all right.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A rough and tumble tale of how a bright boy can fall from grace through no obvious fault of his own, forced to go it alone in an environment where gangs of… More
Walter M.
Even after graduating primary school with all sorts of honors and awards, young John McGill(Greg Forrest) finds moving on to the next level no easy task, what… More
Jim Hunter
A young Scot descends from intellectualism to the brutality of street gangs in the early 70s. I think there's no doubt that there's a sense of realism… More
Daniel Parsons
Though the conclusion is rather heavy-handed, for the most part NEDS makes subtle, articulate points and Peter Mullan shows directorial flair in what is… More
Mark Walker
Following up the quality of "The Magdalene Sisters" was always going to be difficult for writer/director Peter Mullan and although he achieves a… More
Ed Fucking Harris
A really well made Scottish film about youth gang violence in a 1970's Glasgow community. The film centres around an extremely bright, but bullied boy who… More