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: February 3, 2015
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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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Rhett Bartlett
Dial M For Movies

This is a gem of a film. O'Connell and Mendelsohn are A+. As strong as a prison film you will see.

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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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Starred Up is unflinchingly ferocious and you won't be able to look away.

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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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Todd Jorgenson

The violence is brutal but never exploitative, and the rendering of hard-core prison life is heartbreaking without feeling totally hopeless.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% 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.
DA Zapata
Filled with violence, grit, and palpable tension, Starred Up is a difficult yet wholly rewarding watch about the horrors of prison life and the psychological… More