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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 local skinheads. With his pent-up rage and frustration, Shaun finds exactly what he needs in the gang-mischief, mayhem and brotherhood. He also meets the volatile and boorish Combo, an older skinhead who sees himself in Shaun. Adopting Shaun as his protege, Combo leads the gang down a hate spewing path that culminates in an irreversible act of violence.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It may be the best work to date from the talented 34-year-old writer-director of Twenty Four Seven (1997)."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Reverse Shot
‑ Jason Ferguson, Orlando Weekly
"This Is England grabs you by the scruff of the neck and yanks you into the Thatcher 1980s with brute force."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"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."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"A drama that's so potent and persuasive yet also natural and intimate that it almost has the heft of a documentary."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"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.'"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Meadows obviously knows the working class neighborhoods that he depicts. There's a grit and honesty to his film as he chronicles the mundane details of these kids' lives."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"A post-punk gem of a drama that seems bent on being both funny and deadly serious."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Its tough but moving neo-realist approach make it one of the better British films of recent times."
‑ Richard James Havis, Hollywood Reporter
"A movie about the allure of groupthink and how the warm comfort of being surrounded by peers wilts all sense of balance."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Stephen Graham delivers a bravura performance as the brooding, mesmerizing Combo, clearly channeling Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper."
‑ Marlow Stern, Manhattan Movie Magazine
"An intelligent, spare, mean-streets sort of story, This Is England features superb performances..."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"This is not the England that makes you want to hop on over for a visit, but the movie is worthy of a quick look."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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