This Is England
This Is England (2007)

It's 1983 and school is out. Twelve-year-old Shaun is a lonely boy growing up in a grim coastal town in northern England, whose father died fighting in the Falklands War. Over the course of the summer holiday he befriends a group of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A moving coming-of-age tale that captures the despair among England's working-class youth in the 1980s.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

How sad and predictable is the fate of those who counsel violence as a means to an end. And yet how poignant it all seems when viewed through Shane Meadows' thoughtful lens.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

It may be the best work to date from the talented 34-year-old writer-director of Twenty Four Seven (1997).

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Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot

It is the war within him--and by extension, within the minds of many embittered, working class young men left behind in Thatcher's England--that Meadows's film most strikingly portrays.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

You wouldn't think a film about a group of British skinheads during the early 1980s could be a sweet, nostalgic coming-of-age period piece, but that's the surprise of the authentic, fresh and utterly relevant This Is England.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

A drama that's so potent and persuasive yet also natural and intimate that it almost has the heft of a documentary.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Steeped in the raw mix of ska and punk sound as expression of the youth alienation and misguided rage of those tumultuous times, an alarming voice of the surging army of jobless youth back then dubbed 'no hopers.'

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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter

Its tough but moving neo-realist approach make it one of the better British films of recent times.

Tom Long
Detroit News

A movie about the allure of groupthink and how the warm comfort of being surrounded by peers wilts all sense of balance.

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Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine

Stephen Graham delivers a bravura performance as the brooding, mesmerizing Combo, clearly channeling Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
A bit underwhelming, perhaps due to the big hype. Seemed like some good improvisatory acting but not much else. Obviously, the skins do have some of the… More
Directors Cat
It's a very interesting movie and I can understand why some people would call it a masterpiece. I however thought it was good but at times a bit too gritty… More
Michael S
Touching, funny, harrowing; "This is England" is a film of effortless power and a definite standout of British movie making in the noughties. An… More
paul sandberg
Ideologies, whether political or religious are, after all, created by man and are unfortunately vulnerable to man's foibles. This is all too evident in… More
Lucas Martins
This is Terrific.
Eric Alvarez
I would level this movie up with American History X. It delivers the same message in many ways. They acting is very good for a bunch of no names, I sometimes… More