Starred Up
Starred Up (2014)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 27, 2014
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart, hard-hitting, and queasily realistic, Starred Up is an instant classic of U.K. prison cinema.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's almost as difficult to sit through "Starred Up" as it is satisfying to watch it.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is the toughest, grittiest prison drama I've seen since 'Hunger' (2008). This is a very well written and acted drama with an unforgettable climax.

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David Denby
New Yorker

[An] unusually cohesive and exciting prison drama ...

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

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.

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Richard Haridy

Starred Up may cover familiar ground but it's executed with such arresting authenticity that it's hard to not be drawn in and ultimately excited. This is prison melodrama done amazingly well with sharp performances and visceral attention to detail.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

"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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Robert Levin

Just about the most uncompromising prison movie imaginable,.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
Starred Up is extremely solid. The validity of Jonathan Asser's screenplay comes through in every scene. Not just in handling the atmosphere with… More
Walter M.
"Starred Up" starts with 19-year old Eric Love(Jack O'Connell) being assigned to a new prison. He soon gets settled in, as he makes a shiv and… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Written by an actual therapist following his own experiences, this gripping drama offers an extremely realistic view of prison that makes it feel like watching… More
Cameron Johnson
"If you star me up, if you star me up, I'll never stop!" Yeah, I just had to make a reference to The Rolling Stones, because like the Stones,… More
danny d
absolutely brutal and compelling, finely acted and riveting from start to finish. this was a fantastic film, one of the best prison dramas I've ever seen.
Daniel Parsons
The acting and directing are better than the rather laboured and coincidence-heavy script. I felt almost the exact same way with Starred Up as I did with… More