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This is England

It's 1983 and school is out. Twelve-year-old Shaun is a lonely boy, whose father died fighting in the Falklands War. Over the course of the summer holiday he befriends a group of local skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.
Duration: 101 min
Quality: SD
Release: 2006
IMDb: 7.7
Keywords:  #Jo Hartley #Shane Meadows #Stephen Graham #This is England #Thomas Turgoose
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Hollywood Reporter
November 09, 2007
Its tough but moving neo-realist approach make it one of the better British films of recent times.
November 15, 2007
Meadows obviously knows the working class neighborhoods that he depicts. There's a grit and honesty to his film as he chronicles the mundane details of these kids' lives.
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August 08, 2009
It is the war within him--and by extension, within the minds of many embittered, working class young men left behind in Thatcher's England--that Meadows's film most strikingly portrays.
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Globe and Mail
November 09, 2007
You wouldn't think a film about a group of British skinheads during the early 1980s could be a sweet, nostalgic coming-of-age period piece, but that's the surprise of the authentic, fresh and utterly relevant This Is England.
Orlando Weekly
November 29, 2007
Detroit News
August 31, 2007
A movie about the allure of groupthink and how the warm comfort of being surrounded by peers wilts all sense of balance.
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Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
Stephen Graham delivers a bravura performance as the brooding, mesmerizing Combo, clearly channeling Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper.
Seattle Times
September 07, 2007
It may be the best work to date from the talented 34-year-old writer-director of Twenty Four Seven (1997).
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Houston Chronicle
September 07, 2007
A drama that's so potent and persuasive yet also natural and intimate that it almost has the heft of a documentary.
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Jam! Movies
November 09, 2007
An intelligent, spare, mean-streets sort of story, This Is England features superb performances...
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December 22, 2007
Steeped in the raw mix of ska and punk sound as expression of the youth alienation and misguided rage of those tumultuous times, an alarming voice of the surging army of jobless youth back then dubbed 'no hopers.'
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Toronto Star
November 09, 2007
How sad and predictable is the fate of those who counsel violence as a means to an end. And yet how poignant it all seems when viewed through Shane Meadows' thoughtful lens.
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