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74

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  • Summary: A troubled and explosively violent teenager is transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match - a man who also happens to be his father.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 18, 2014
    91
    Mackenzie (whose previous credits include "Perfect Sense" and "Young Adam") applies a sharp kitchen sink realism to this haunting setting and directs it toward an ultimately moving family drama that just happens to involve vicious convicts.
  2. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Mar 18, 2014
    91
    The supporting cast all do excellent work too, but this is Eric’s story, and so it’s O’Connell’s film. His performance is a revelation.
  3. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Mar 17, 2014
    80
    A brutal, immersive prison survival story with a breakout performance by British actor Jack O’Connell.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Mar 18, 2014
    80
    The pic owes its believability to Asser, who served as a therapist similar to Oliver’s character, drawing from his experience to shape the world. Asser brings more than just realism, however, crafting the central father-son relationship on the foundation of classical Greek tragedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mar 18, 2014
    70
    Some years from now, Starred Up, a rough, violent and, to American ears, half-indecipherable British prison drama, will be remembered as the film that announced a new star, Jack O’Connell.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    It’s disappointing when Starred Up begins to lapse into soapy cliché.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    It's halfway-strong, just under-dramatised; goodness, though, if it doesn't show what O'Connell is capable of.

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