Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  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: David Wiegand
    100
    The script and direction are virtually flawless.
  3. 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.
  4. Masterfully charted and acted.
  5. 91
    Taut, tense, and self-consciously stylish.
  6. A modest, near-flawless gem, This Is England is the fifth feature by the young British director Shane Meadows, doing his best work since he first hit the festival scene in the mid-1990s with his hilarious, raw-hewn shorts “Small Time.”
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    It has the feel of a classic coming-of-age story. It's the sleeper of the summer.
  8. 90
    The result is a film marked by eruptions of brutal violence, but also passages of extraordinary tenderness.
  9. 90
    The writer-director brilliantly juxtaposes the personal and the political, bookending a stirring coming-of-age drama with the provocative opening and an equally affecting end sequence.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Alt
    88
    This Is England may be best summed up as a "coming-of-age" story that puts aside the clichéd baggage often carried by the description and ultimately ends up being moving, genuinely funny, thought-provoking, and highly recommended.
  11. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    88
    A small film that packs a big wallop.
  12. 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.
  13. Authentic, fresh and utterly relevant.
  14. 83
    It's a remarkably sure-handed film, taking us with Shaun on a journey through alienation, anger, trepidation, ebullience and fear.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 4 out of 43
  1. OllieL.
    Jul 6, 2008
    10
    Totally amazing and influential.
  2. Nov 30, 2014
    10
    Very genuine and honest movie! The ending is heartbreaking. Stephen Graham shows one of the strongest and best perfomances I have EVER seen.Very genuine and honest movie! The ending is heartbreaking. Stephen Graham shows one of the strongest and best perfomances I have EVER seen. The inner conflict and vulnerability that he potrays as the character combo, is deeply moving, but in such a subtle way, that it becomes a very unique performance!
    One of my favorite movies!
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  3. Jul 12, 2014
    8
    This just flashed me, when i saw it. Genius amateur actors, so realistic, soThis just flashed me, when i saw it. Genius amateur actors, so realistic, so raw Full Review »