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This Is England (2007) Young Thomas Turgoose, the spunky non-pro 13-year-old cast as a lonely kid drawn to an early-'80s skinhead gang in this autobiographical period piece by Shane… 2007-07-27 Unrated PT102M Drama Stephen Graham Thomas Turgoose IFC First Take
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This Is England (2007)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Turgoose
Image credit: Dean Rogers
Turgoose
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Jul 27, 2007; Rated: Unrated; Length: 102 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Stephen Graham and Thomas Turgoose; Distributor: IFC First Take

Young Thomas Turgoose, the spunky non-pro 13-year-old cast as a lonely kid drawn to an early-'80s skinhead gang in this autobiographical period piece by Shane Meadows (TwentyFourSeven), has a sweet old-fashioned face. But in the right light, his weary eyes resemble those of a mean adult. The changeability serves this sad, menacing, empathetic story well, even if the story is misty in its didacticism: No matter how tough the times, just say no to racism and hatred. B

Originally posted Jul 24, 2007 Published in issue #946 Aug 03, 2007 Order article reprints