This Is England

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

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  • Summary: It's 1983, 12-year-old Shaun is an isolated lad growing up in a grim coastal town, whose father has died fighting in the Falklands war. He finds fresh males role models when those in the local skinhead scene take him in. Here he meets Combo, an older, racist skinhead who has recently got outIt's 1983, 12-year-old Shaun is an isolated lad growing up in a grim coastal town, whose father has died fighting in the Falklands war. He finds fresh males role models when those in the local skinhead scene take him in. Here he meets Combo, an older, racist skinhead who has recently got out of prison. As Combo's gang harass the local ethnic minorities, the course is set for a rite of passage that will hurl Shaun from innocence to experience. (IFC Films) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    One of the year's best movies...It's one of the simplest and best re-creations of downscale urban England during the gritty post-punk years ever put on screen, and it's both upsetting and very funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    As its title implies, This Is England isn't a hyperstylized head-trip a la "Trainspotting" but a straightforward calling to account.
  3. 91
    Taut, tense, and self-consciously stylish.
  4. 88
    The movie is taut, tense, relentless. It shows why Shaun feels he needs to belong to a gang, what he gets out of it and how it goes wrong.
  5. 83
    It's a remarkably sure-handed film, taking us with Shaun on a journey through alienation, anger, trepidation, ebullience and fear.
  6. Somewhere between the pop jouissance of Guy Ritchie and the social realism of Ken Loach, this ballsy drama freeze-frames bleak Thatcherite Yorkshire and exposes its racist underbelly.
  7. 60
    Facile pop psychology is the real tragedy here, a double disappointment given the film's smart take on pop culture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  1. sterckx
    Jan 15, 2008
    10
    A great movie that tells a real story about skinhead subculture an the emotional enviremant the culture struggled with during that decenium A great movie that tells a real story about skinhead subculture an the emotional enviremant the culture struggled with during that decenium great acting and nice girls. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2010
    10
    The way Shane Meadows builds up tension and makes the viewer care about the characters in the story is truly amazing. A brilliant film whereThe way Shane Meadows builds up tension and makes the viewer care about the characters in the story is truly amazing. A brilliant film where not much happens but every moment seems to stay in your head. The acting of Stephen Graham is exceptional as he manages to portray an intimidating and thuggish character but also succeeds in showing there is a reason behind it without blatantly saying it out loud. Expand
  3. OllieL.
    Jul 6, 2008
    10
    Totally amazing and influential.
  4. RichR.
    Jan 30, 2008
    9
    I love this director. For me the best scenes are when they are cutting his hair off (this gang may act tough, but they're all really I love this director. For me the best scenes are when they are cutting his hair off (this gang may act tough, but they're all really sweet) and the speech by the creepy National Front guy. Only problem with this movie for me is that Paddy Considine, by far England's best young actor, isn't in it, but then, what role would he have taken? If you liked this, you'll love Dead Man's Shoes, starring Paddy. Expand
  5. bovvaboy
    May 27, 2008
    8
    Tupac S..It doesnt make sense to you because you dont know what real skinheads are.You only know the so called modern day skins.In the uk Tupac S..It doesnt make sense to you because you dont know what real skinheads are.You only know the so called modern day skins.In the uk skins derived from the mods and the rude boys (jamaican blacks) and were NOT against blacks.The confusion probably comes from the so called paki (pakistani) bashing which both the blacks and skins both did. Quote..."These kids were the first skinheads. With shorter cropped hair than the mods(for convenience in street fights) and passions that included football, reggae, and working class values, skinheads were the perfect hybrid of the two groups. A skinhead did not take shit from anyone, they stood firm on their stance on racial unity and working class pride."You live and learn eh? Expand
  6. RichB.
    Nov 16, 2007
    6
    I liked the movie for the most part. It felt very authentic and very well done characters. On the other hand I felt it was lacking a bit in I liked the movie for the most part. It felt very authentic and very well done characters. On the other hand I felt it was lacking a bit in plot. Nothing honestly happens in this movie and after watching it I felt a little let down. Expand
  7. TerryC.
    Nov 25, 2007
    0
    This is England. Yes we know that, and you had to make a movie about that.

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