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3.7
650 Ratings

Starred Up

Directed by David Mackenzie
United Kingdom, 2013
Drama, Crime

Synopsis

The teenage criminal Eric Love seems street-smart enough to navigate the corruption of the British prison system. But after his violent streak sends him to an adult prison, Eric comes face to face with Nev, a career criminal … and his long-lost father.

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Starred Up Directed by David Mackenzie

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Lead Actor

Viewed as a docudrama about the challenge of socializing violent convicts, Starred Up succeeds brilliantly, delineating the issue without resorting to platitudes or sentimentality. Indeed the protagonist resists our sympathy for nearly the entire first half.
September 03, 2014
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This evocative expression of the jail atmosphere is Starred Up’s greatest virtue, its palpable world-building sustaining itself even in the absence of any apparent narrative direction (for a while, to the extent that the film has any outline, it’s just one rocky spasm of anger).
August 29, 2014
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Starred Up may be a prison movie, but it feels more as if it’s set in a submarine. Throughout, we see nothing of the outside world, and barely—until the end at least, when the film momentarily “surfaces”—any significant glimmer of daylight. It’s a remarkably claustrophobic film—as a prison drama ought to be.
August 28, 2014
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