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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: 98%

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"Starred Up is an edgy, teeming thriller, brilliantly disorienting, making strange a world we thought we knew, at least from other movies."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Starred Up has three powerful advantages: a realistic setting, fierce performances and the insight brought by scripter Jonathan Asser, who was an Oliver-like counselor in a tough London jail."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"This could serve as the archetype of prison dramas except that in others of the genre, the spoken words could be understood."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Marks star Jack O'Connell's breakthrough into superstardom with a performance so visceral it challenges Tom Hardy's Bronson for sheer aggression."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"From the cell block politics, to the crooked authorities supposedly in charge of keeping the peace, Starred Up doesn't pull any punches in its tough and gritty depiction of prison life."
‑ Jason Zingale,
"Audiences, the less squeamish at least, will benefit from Mr. Mackenzie's ability to wring white-knuckling tension out of Mr. Asser's intelligent story."
‑ John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"Starred Up is a small indie film in danger of slipping through the cracks at the Hollywood-driven multiplex. Finding it - in theaters or on VOD - is well worth the effort."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"As it begins, with its hard, unflinching look at a prisoner transferred to an adult institution, it might recall Steve McQueen's very tough Hunger (2008), but though Starred Up always retains its edge, it finds a sympathetic heart as well."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Classic brutal prison flick."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Boldly and brilliantly made. Starred Up is raw, relentless and riveting."
‑ Kristy Puchko,
"Expect to hear a lot more from English actor Jack O'Connell, who holds the screen as well as his character, Eric, commands a cellblock."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"O'Connell bristles with terrifying hair-trigger unpredictability. Watching him, you feel like you're witnessing the arrival of a new movie star."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Has the benefit of a superb cast who give their all to the moment, bulging with fury and panic, with O'Connell and Mendelsohn extraordinary as the flattened father and son."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"If a Brit film ever begged for English subtitles, this is the one. Unintelligibility aside, the acting is solid, the direction spot on, and if you want to scare your children into leading a straight life, this film will achieve the task."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"We've seen many visually arresting films in recent years and character studies are as common as film festivals, but it's the remarkable blend of the two here that makes "Starred Up" devastating."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
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