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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%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director David Mackenzie has empathy for the characters, but also knows how to ratchet up the tension and make the scene of mayhem pack a wallop."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's almost as difficult to sit through "Starred Up" as it is satisfying to watch it."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Just about the most uncompromising prison movie imaginable,."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"Young British actor Jack O'Connell delivers a star-making performance, and the film itself is utterly authentic."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"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
"[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
"The accents may be difficult, but the message is clear."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Watching it is like watching a slow-motion train wreck -- you know you should look away, but you can't help but watch to see the potentially horrifying results."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A clear sense of why Anton Yelchin doppelganger Jack O'Connell soon may be a household name."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
""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
"Despite its inevitable hard-surface jailhouse cliches, Starred Up is impressively well filmed, impeccably acted and, for those of a nervous disposition, brutally shocking."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"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
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