The Scouting Book for Boys
The Scouting Book for Boys (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 21, 2009
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Harper has done enough with this striking, ambitious debut to herald the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Newcomer Tom Harper's direction manages to be both clumsy and overly stylised, while the script by Skins writer Jack Thorne is predictable.

Alistair Harkness

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.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Increasingly dark and involving, this British drama tells a gripping story through the eyes of an intriguing teen

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Josh Winning
Little White Lies

In the end, Scouting Book is a surprise delight, flawlessly cast and nimbly weathering its complex themes.

Gail Tolley
The Skinny

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.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The setting is a seaside caravan site where the acting and directing do not measure up to the script.

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Damon Wise
Radio Times

Tom Harper's feature debut is a wistful and atmospheric drama, with superb performances from Turgoose and especially Grainger.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

While the performances are passable, the plot is much less impressive as it journeys into dark and increasingly improbable waters.

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