Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 26, 2014
    60
    Starred Up isn't just violence for violence's sake. Rather, it is a surprisingly layered, hard-hitting human drama, one that cuts to the bone -- albeit with a homemade prison knife.
  2. Reviewed by: Daniel Green
    Aug 26, 2014
    60
    Having constructed such a dramatically enticing set-up, it's thus disappointing to see Mackenzie fall back on familiar generic tropes with such a frustrating sense of inevitability.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    It’s disappointing when Starred Up begins to lapse into soapy cliché.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Aug 27, 2014
    10
    Smart script, powerful story from start to finish, realistic style and terrific performance from Jack O'Connell, MacKenzie successfully makesSmart script, powerful story from start to finish, realistic style and terrific performance from Jack O'Connell, MacKenzie successfully makes "Starred Up" hitting your feeling and your mind as hard as the prison life always be. It's easily one of the best prison drama film I ever seen. Full Review »
  2. Jul 4, 2015
    7
    A UK prison drama directed by David Mackenzie (YOUNG ADAM 2003, 7/10 and ASYLUM 2005, 6/10), which has instantly leapfrogged Jack O’ ConnellA UK prison drama directed by David Mackenzie (YOUNG ADAM 2003, 7/10 and ASYLUM 2005, 6/10), which has instantly leapfrogged Jack O’ Connell to the most promising young actor echelon, who would win BAFTA Rising Star Award later for Angelina Jolie’s UNBROKEN (2014), if his demonic performance in James Watkins’ EDEN LAKE (2008, 8/10) has evaded you, you should definitely give it a try!

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  3. Mar 13, 2015
    8
    Prison is tough but Starred Up shows us how tough and brutal prison really is and why you shouldn't go there, I mean why would you?

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    Prison is tough but Starred Up shows us how tough and brutal prison really is and why you shouldn't go there, I mean why would you?

    The story is about 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.

    I sawed Starred Up about two months ago now and more I think about it and analyzed the movie deep into it's bone to get my thoughts together. Because I didn't know what to think of it at the first time watch. There was no good or bad came to my head first time seeing it so this is why pretty much I waited months to think through, because I not going to review this film and not know what to say. But now I can safely and happily say that this movie is a shot by shot real like look at prison, and Starred Up got it right and this is a good movie.

    Jack O'Connell so far in his career has won me over has a actor himself from his excellent performance in the Angelina Jolie film Unbroken. In this he delivered such a hard hitting performance that worked so extremely well with his character in the film. You can see the boiling violence in his character has it quickly starts to build up and it doesn't really take long for him to snap and go full psycho on people, and Jack O'Connell put so much into his performance for now I respect has a full movie actor.

    The movie is directed really good as well, keeping your interest till the end of the film.

    For issues I have some: The supporting character in the film are great, but they was a couple of weak spots with the other character's not being interesting at all and not really doing anything with the story.

    Is this film re-watchable? no not really. It's one of those films that you think to yourself "Wow that was pretty damn good, but I never want to watch it again", yeah it's those kind of films. You may disagree with me and you may have watched the movie a couple of times now, but for me it's not very re-watchable. If you disagree with me on that then that's fine, it really is.

    Overall Starred Up is a gritty, hash, tough movie with great acting and a good story about father and son in prison. That may sound not good at all with the father and son thing in prison, but watch the film and judge for yourself.
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