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19-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell, star of the upcoming UNBROKEN), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates - and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point - Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend, "Homeland"), who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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"[An] unusually cohesive and exciting prison drama ..."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The British prison movie Starred Up has the excitement of a nonstop psychological cage fight, but its goal is enlightenment, not terror or cheap thrills."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Take one teenager. Add raw testosterone. Arm with unquenchable, unreasoning anger. Lock in pressure-cooker cell. Unleash. Roll camera."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"O'Connell is a force, tough and tender, and Mendelsohn matches him in a stirring English prison drama."
‑ Jeff Baker, Oregonian
"Mackenzie's 8th feature demonstrates the vivid, idiosyncratic storytelling fluency... of his most recent movies... Each element, each moment is just one component of a breathtakingly accomplished canvas. Cruelty is unceasing; Mackenzie refuses to blink."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
""Starred Up" manages to be sympathetic, not only because of O'Connell's galvanizing turn, but also Asser and director David Mackenzie's unwavering commitment to portraying his character with as much compassion as brutal honesty."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"It marries ferocious, unnerving violence and waves of profanity to powerful, psychologically acute performances in a way that is intensely dramatic as well as almost unbearable to watch at times."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"O'Connell-also impressive as a stranded soldier in the forthcoming '71-gives Starred Up the muscle and above all the emotional continuity that holds it together."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"...captures the madness of a societal menace without ever losing sight of his humanity."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"[O'Connell] fully immerses himself in the character, bringing the right amounts of cocksureness and vulnerability to the role."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"It's almost as difficult to sit through "Starred Up" as it is satisfying to watch it."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The raw emotions on display need no translation. David Mackenzie directs the film in a piercingly realistic style."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A clear sense of why Anton Yelchin doppelganger Jack O'Connell soon may be a household name."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"There's a nasty cycle suggested by the way this prison operates."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"The most tremendous thing about Starred Up is exactly how simple it keeps things, and what a richly nuanced story emerges in the process."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
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