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      2010 2 hr. 4 min. Drama List
      94% 35 Reviews Tomatometer 71% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score An intelligent boy struggles with gang warfare, an alcoholic father and class warfare. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Chris H A familiar idea - good boy goes bad, redeems himself - except the redemption is far from complete. Good acting all round, but just not enough in it. The ending is completely bizarre and, for me, unsatisfactory. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/24 Full Review Audience Member MUST WATCH! Very underrated movie and not that know because it's not some Hollywood BS. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member I like foreign films. Would rather have subtitles than voice over dubbing. But I always find it amusing when English language films have to provide subtitles. Have your dictionary app handy cuz the Scott's speak English but it is a different language. Very intense film tho. Really liked it. 4.3* Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review nefasto r The Downward Spiral of this wee Scottish lad is not particularly new nor remarkable, nevertheless it was interesting to follow it until the very end. The end is actually the part I've preferred, as "Neds" took time to real me in, and I was almost unhooked again around the middle because I found it a bit overlong. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A gruelling depiction of teen gangs and the grimly inevitable descent of a bright lad who gets in with the wrong crowd, only to find that he enjoys it. The performances are terrific throughout the cast, and the violence is chillingly realistic. There's a great hallucinatory twist towards the end, and I found the understated ending very moving. Not easy to watch at times, it's nevertheless a film I can easily recommend. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Scottish film seems to be trying to prove itself with this one. 'Scottish version of This is England' is commonly used to portray this film, but I disagree, while its set some years earlier and the skin head generation is not quite at its peak yet. Although, everyone is still knocking about in Doc Martins and rolled jeans, which is slightly early for its time. The film starts with a chubby swotty lad named John whose first place in his primary seven class. After being threatened by an older boy from the boys high school, he seeks help from his older brother Benny to sort it out for him. Benny plays the generic hard man big brother whose gone off the rails, we've seen it all before. John is put into a low ability class and he's furious. As time goes on things spiral out of control and John starts to become a violent, nasty piece of work. I think you're suppose to feel sorry for Johns character and some points, but once you watch the film and see his behaviour to other characters, you begin to dislike him. You feel sorry for Johns little sister and Mother, but not enough. The director has failed to show the true emotional damage that would occur to a family in that particularly violent environment. NEDS is overall filmed well, and I personally enjoyed it but it could have been so much better. There wasn't a lot of fancy, up to date film work, just standard cinematography. This film could have done with a little bit of TLC, even on a low budget, creativity costs nothing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Wendy Ide Times (UK) [Neds] has an authenticity that imbues it with an uncomfortable power (many of the film’s events parallels Mullan’s experiences of growing up in 1970s Glasgow) and there’s an impressive performance by Conor McCarron as McGill. Apr 11, 2023 Full Review Tom Long Detroit News The casting is good throughout, but McCarron makes the movie. Rated: B Jun 17, 2011 Full Review Jeannette Catsoulis NPR A stringent street psychodrama in which brutality is an infection and every male is a carrier. May 13, 2011 Full Review Richard Propes Better than nearly any other director working today, Mullan is able to get to the very essence of man's cruelty to man in a way that really transcends cinema. Rated: 3.5/4.0 Sep 18, 2020 Full Review Myriam Ghattas Daily News Egypt The result of this gamble is a visceral, raw film free of any pretense. Feb 13, 2017 Full Review Mayer Nissim Digital Spy There's a sense of inevitability about things, certainly, but it seems less written in the stars than unhappily scratched onto the kerb with a flicknife by John himself. Rated: 4/5 Jul 14, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis An intelligent boy struggles with gang warfare, an alcoholic father and class warfare.
      Peter Mullan
      Peter Mullan
      Production Co
      Blue Light, StudioUrania
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 15, 2016
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