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

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 27, 2014
DVD 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.

David Sims
The Atlantic

Mackenzie is seeking to understand how all this explosive male energy can co-exist under such brutal conditions, and the answer is with great difficulty.

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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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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn are outstanding as the prison hardmen who just happen to be father and son.

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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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John Fink
The Film Stage

A no-holds barred, explicit exploration of prison culture.

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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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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

O'Connell's physicality as an actor--coiled intensity, searing stares, brooding fury, sudden violence--is blazingly showcased here. And it always feels as if we're caught up in among resentments, flare-ups, even long-running relationships of convenience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Written by an actual therapist following his own experiences, this gripping drama offers an extremely realistic view of prison that makes us feel like watching… 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
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
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.
Alec Barniskis
Yes it's brutal, but also achingly sad. Asser's screenplay and Mackenzie's direction achieve a lot with very little . . . giving the audience… More