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In Theaters August 29
19 year-old Eric Love is a violent and troubled teenager making the difficult transition from a young offenders' institute to an adult prison. He seems to be destined for a life behind bars, but the prison's unconventional therapist is determined to help Eric find a way through, assisted by of one of the prison's longest serving inmates -- Neville -- who just happens to be Eric's father.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mackenzie isn't attempting to craft a larger-than-life antihero here, but delving into the sociology of this hellish subculture, where prisoners and staff alike coexist in this dehumanizing environment."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"Poses pertinent questions about institutional corruption, the criminal ecosystem and how the taxpayer's representatives become willing accomplices."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Mackenzie keeps us grounded in the maze of prison life, coaxing powerful performances from his cast, each apparently encouraged and emboldened to find their own space."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Those considering a life of crime may think again after seeing Starred Up, a bleak, brutal and compelling thriller set in a singularly grim British prison."
‑ Paul Whittington, Irish Independent
"It offers no easy answers and takes no sides: the result is one of the most engrossing, exciting and explosive prison films the UK has ever produced."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Young actor Jack O'Connell is the main attraction in this tough British drama."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"The film's exploration of the legacy of violence is measured out in brief bursts that are always terrible and unsettling, but never feel indulgent or excessive."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"Starred Up is draining, brutal and absolutely unforgettable. Hands down, this is one of 2014's must-see movies."
‑ Dominic Mill, We Got This Covered
"Two things allow Starred Up to stand apart from the pack: a rigorous attention to prison procedure and a stunning breakthrough performance from Jack O'Connell."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Luckily, the film's gritty atmosphere prevails."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"For the most part this is furiously compelling stuff, convincingly mounted and superbly acted"
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"It's the strength of the performances that really makes Starred Up a cut above most British dramas, particularly those of Mendelsohn and O'Connell."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Powerful and intelligent filmmaking that demands to be seen."
‑ Chris Tilly, IGN Movies
"Could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration - on levels that impact both the individual and society on the whole - that I've ever seen."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Rising star Jack O'Connell delivers a ripping performance as a young convict with more baggage than you'd think humanly possible."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
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