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It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In a surprisingly strong performance, [John] Cleese puts a sharp spin on his portrayal as mentor to Spud [Troye Sivan], whose rites-of-passage journey avoids the usual cliches."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"I think largely because of the completely innocent-seeming performance of Troye Sivan, it won me over and I found myself actually quite moved by the end."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Teens will find much to like about Spud but older audiences may find it familiar."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"A hugely entertaining coming-of-age tale, grounded in realism. Sivan's note-perfect portrayal of the diminutive hero is matched by a razor-sharp Cleese."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sun Herald
"This is a film most will like - especially fans of last year's Submarine."
‑ Scott Murray, The Age (Australia)
"A touch more quirky than the average coming-of-age tale, there's a bit of schmaltz here, but this also brims with humour, heart and honesty."
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"If there was satirical intent, it is leached from the film."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"You and your kids will have seen it all before but, if you're looking for a less brutal take on the ordeals of adolescence than the one offered by The Hunger Games, this could work."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"The film struggles to find an even tone, swinging from overstatement and farcical to sentimental and earnest. But it strives to be a faithful adaptation of this popular novel and comes together well in the second half"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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