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A semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons.The story revolves around former soldier Sam Norwood who takes a job as a prison officer when he returns from Iraq and becomes exposed to the underworld of prison culture -- including corrupt guards and drug trafficking.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Reg Traviss's overlong thriller spews out clichés from the off."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Watchable collection of prison movie clichés, enlivened by strong performances and pacey direction."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The filmmakers lose their bottle about 45 minutes in."
‑ Charlie Lyne, Ultra Culture
"D'Arcy and Harper excel and there's the odd punch packed, but otherwise it's an identity parade of prison clichés you've seen a thousand times."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"Everything is too extreme. But there's a core of honesty here."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Here we get everything nasty piled up like a great bag of detritus, and hardly a hint of anything positive at all."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Noel Clarke shines as a cocky prisoner, and the film's best scenes are those in which he goes eyeball to eyeball with D'Arcy's greenhorn guard."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
"Its grimy authenticity clicks like a rusty mortice lock."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"Screwed may be based on the true-life experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson but it seems to serve up every available cliché from the handbook of tough nut British prison dramas."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"It's all been done before, and done better, but its look at how prison warders are failed by the system demands our attention."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"The violence is unrelenting, scene after scene of it, and spectacularly unenlightening: like watching rottweilers gone feral."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"A thriller which begins promisingly before descending into a slough of old lag clichés."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
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