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426 Ratings


Directed by Peter Mullan
United Kingdom, France, 2010


Set in 1970s Glasgow, this film tells the story of a shy and intelligent young boy who, through a series of circumstances, turns into a NED – a non-educated delinquent. Attending a new school, he becomes increasingly violent and aggressive, all the while searching for a way out.

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Neds Directed by Peter Mullan

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  • J. O.'s rating of the film Neds

    Seeing this before it appeared on MUBI's database means there is a little haziness, but in short - this is a bizarre movie. A story about the spoiling of youth in a city prone to violence and gangs. Although this film is Scotland-specific, its sentiment certainly applies to many other countries in many other decades. There are bizarre moments of violence and at times the plot was a little twisted and senseless.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Neds

    A grotesque descent into horror culminating with McGill Jr. turning into Freddy Krueger. Corporal punishment, family abuse, architectural monsters, and homoerotic gang camaraderie... A perfect illustration of Mark "Rent-boy" Renton's infamous quote:" It's SHITE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the fucking Earth!" (Trainspotting).

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Neds

    Strange strange film. Hard to define. No plot. But I think it gets interesting because of its weirdness.

  • gea*'s rating of the film Neds

    Started off very strong but then got lost along the way. Seem like the director was struggling trying to finish the film.

  • Giles J Davis's rating of the film Neds

    A comparison to 400 Blows is sacrilege yet a comparison to British 80s exploitation cinema such as Scum is more fitting. Mullen does what every Glaswegian who makes it alive does & half glorifies, half demonises the city here. NEDS fits a plethora of beige, uninteresting, nostalgic British 'YOOF' culture films from the end of the last decade. Violence ensures throughout mindlessly but the final scene is golden. C-

  • Ayesha Casely-Hayford's rating of the film Neds

    Brilliant and real. No matter how brutal and violent, you're with this character. He got fucked by the system. You can't not love him and want him to win. FANTASTIC cast. Music by Craig Armstrong, is spot on and the choice of song for the scene on the bridge "I'm in heaven" - wicked, such a good scene. Mullan is a legend. He makes painful films and just shows us life.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Neds

    The first half is lovely as young John struggles not to be affected by his brother's reputation and an abusive home life. But somewhere along the way NEDS becomes overwrought. Though McCarron's performance as a teen John is stunning, Neds veers into schlocky horror territory, down to an Edward Scissorhands-esque climax that is punctuated with a synthesizer melody lifted right from Halloween. 3.5

  • Duncan Jones's rating of the film Neds

    "Ya wanta ned? I'll gie yeh a ned!" This film's verisimilitude is somewhat undermined by the fact that it treats "becoming a ned" as George Lucas treats goodies turning to the dark side. My father vouches for its period authenticity and it's a mostly competent production, but its abandonment of some potentially intriguing threads in favour of Star Wars characterisation renders it standard kitchen sink fare.

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