Spud (2010)

It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
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Jim Schembri

In a surprisingly strong performance, [John] Cleese puts a sharp spin on his portrayal as mentor to Spud [Troye Sivan], whose rites-of-passage journey avoids the usual cliches.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

I think largely because of the completely innocent-seeming performance of Troye Sivan, it won me over and I found myself actually quite moved by the end.

Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Teens will find much to like about Spud but older audiences may find it familiar.

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Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

A hugely entertaining coming-of-age tale, grounded in realism. Sivan's note-perfect portrayal of the diminutive hero is matched by a razor-sharp Cleese.

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Scott Murray
The Age (Australia)

This is a film most will like - especially fans of last year's Submarine.

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Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

A touch more quirky than the average coming-of-age tale, there's a bit of schmaltz here, but this also brims with humour, heart and honesty.

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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

If there was satirical intent, it is leached from the film.

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

You and your kids will have seen it all before but, if you're looking for a less brutal take on the ordeals of adolescence than the one offered by The Hunger Games, this could work.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The film struggles to find an even tone, swinging from overstatement and farcical to sentimental and earnest. But it strives to be a faithful adaptation of this popular novel and comes together well in the second half

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