The Scouting Book for Boys
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The Scouting Book for Boys
The witty and somber sides of growing up in working-class Britain are explored in this coming of age drama. David (Thomas Turgoose) and Emily (Holliday Grainger) are a pair of teenagers who grew up in the same trailer park in Norfolk. David and Emily have grown to be best friends; his introspective nature is a compliment for her rambunctious side, and they share a fondness for playing tricks on others. However, life hasn't been kind to Emily lately -- her mother (Susan Lynch) has been deemed an unfit parent by the court, and her custody has been awarded to her father (Nick Sidi). Emily… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Harper has done enough with this striking, ambitious debut to herald the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Newcomer Tom Harper's direction manages to be both clumsy and overly stylised, while the script by Skins writer Jack Thorne is predictable."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"First-time director Tom Harper creates a suitably foreboding atmosphere, ensuring that even if the dramatic turns the film takes stretch credibility, the film feels like a sincere reflection of its protagonist's world."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"It's one of those depressing, unconsciously patronising British movies about downmarket characters in which everyone has such a low IQ that it's difficult to drum up much empathy for any of them."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"The narrative isn't entirely convincing, but the powerful and heartfelt performances from Turgoose and Grainger are."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Increasingly dark and involving, this British drama tells a gripping story through the eyes of an intriguing teen"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"In the end, Scouting Book is a surprise delight, flawlessly cast and nimbly weathering its complex themes."
‑ Josh Winning, Little White Lies
"Tom Harper's debut feature shows the director has an eye for a great shot -- the opening sequence where the two young actors leap across caravan tops against the setting sun is particularly memorable."
‑ Gail Tolley, The Skinny
"A very promising, if depressing, first feature."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"The nagging implausibilities of the story keep stifling its emotional potential."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The setting is a seaside caravan site where the acting and directing do not measure up to the script."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Tom Harper's feature debut is a wistful and atmospheric drama, with superb performances from Turgoose and especially Grainger."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
"While the performances are passable, the plot is much less impressive as it journeys into dark and increasingly improbable waters."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"If you are looking for a showcase of some of the best new talent in British cinema, you need look no farther than this terrific little film."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Impressively directed, sharply written British drama with terrific central performances from Thomas Turgoose and Holliday Grainger."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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