"England Is Mine" reviews (Hollywood Reporter, The List, Scotsman, HeraldScotland + more)

'England Is Mine': Film Review | Edinburgh 2017 - The Hollywood Reporter
By Neil Young

EIFF 2017: This unauthorised Morrissey biopic has its moments but will frustrate fans - The List
by Emma Simonds (2 of 5 stars)

Edinburgh International Film Festival review: England is Mine - The Scotsman
By Alistair Harkness (3 stars)

Alison Rowat Edinburgh International Film Festival review: England is Mine - HeraldScotland
by Alison Rowat (3 stars)


UPDATE:

England Is Mine: Film Review - The Skinny. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Rachel Bowles (3 stars)

England Is Mine(2017) - The Fan Carpet. Link posted by an anonymous person
by Jen Scouler (4 of 5 stars)

England Is Mine': Edinburgh Review - Screendaily. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Wendy Ide

England Is Mine: Reviewing ‘Mr Hard To Get’ - Julie Hamill. Link posted by Famous when dead.

EIFF 2017: England is Mine Review - SeenSome. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Adam Mulgrew (4 of 5 stars)

Movie review: An angsty insight into the birth of Morrissey myth in England Is Mine - The National. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Ross Miller

Edinburgh 2017: England Is Mine review - Cinevue. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Jamie Leish (3 of 5 stars)

REVIEW: ENGLAND IS MINE - Geek Ireland. Link posted by an anonymous person.
by Tracy Sayers ( 4.5 of 5 stars)

England is Mine - entertainment.ie. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Gavin Burke (4 of 5 stars)

Movie Review: England is Mine - Comic Crusaders. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Garth Cremona (3 1/2 of 5 stars)

#Review: England Is Mine - Scannain. Link posted by an anonymous person.
by Garth (4.0 of 5)

Reviewed: Morrissey biopic, England Is Mine: William, it was almost something - Uncut. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Michael Bonner

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Links posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer:

Review from the September 2017 issue of Mojo - there isn't a link so the review is below (there is also a nice interview with Jack Lowden in the issue):

Young Winsome: Can a Morrissey biopic make us fall in love with Steven Patrick all over again? Well, I wonder
by Andrew Male (4 of 4 stars)

England is Mine - The Independent Ireland
by Hilary A. White (4 of 4 stars)

England is Mine - The Guardian
by Peter Bradshaw (3 of 5 stars)

Film Reviews Roundup - England is Mine - The Independent
by Geoffrey Macnab (3 of 5 stars)

England is Mine - Little White Lies
by Bojana Duric

England is Mine Review - Hey U Guys
by Linda Marric (3 of 5 stars)

At last! Morrissey goes down in celluloid history - RTE
by Alan Corr (4 of 5)
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England Is Mine review: dull Morrissey biopic is like being crushed in a vice of angst - The Telegraph. Link posted by Famous when dead
by Tim Robey (2 of 5 stars)

England Is Mine reviewed by Robbie Collin - BBC 5 Live / YouTube. Link posted by an anonymous person.

The New Morrissey Biopic Returns to a Time Before He Was Problematic - VICE. Link posted by Calamine Lotion.
by Phoebe Hurst

England Is Mine review: This much-hyped Morrissey biopic doesn’t do the great man justice - Metro
by James Luxford (2 of 5 stars)

England is Mine: Lifeless - Financial Times. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Nigel Andrews (2 out of 5 stars)

England Is Mine': The Morrissey Biopic That Might Make You Give Him A Second Chance - Esquire. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Olivia Ovenden

Morrissey biopic England Is Mine – a quiet portrait of a star’s growing pains - The Big Issue. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Edward Lawrenson

England Is Mine review – a Morrissey mope-fest - The Guardian. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Wendy Ide

Film Review: The Morrissey Biopic ‘England Is Mine’ - Variety. Link posted by I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer.
by Owen Gleiberman

Film Review: England Is Mine - Trust The Wizards. Link posted by Rebel Rikkit

England Is Mine review - Slant Magazine. Link posted by an anonymous person.
by Derek Smith (1 1/2 of 4 stars)
 
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"When Morrissey turns up at the front door of Johnny Marr (Laurie Kynaston) at the film’s end..." WHA?! The reviewer seems to be a fan, so getting this founding fact flipped is bizarre to me....

He's right...You'll see
 
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Kermode and Mayo review (although both presenters seem to be off this week, so there are stand-ins)

 

I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer

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England is Mine - The Times
by Kevin Maher (3 stars)

Almost great musical biopic about the early years of Mancunian pop icon Morrissey. It's hamstrung, eventually, by the elusiveness of its subject.

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You don't have to possess an obsessive knowledge of the early life, musical influences and chart hits of the Mancunian pop icon Morrissey to appreciate England is Mine. But it helps. As it happens, I do (more than 30 years of mostly unwavering devotion in the tank), so perhaps I can comprehend the ambitions of the writer-director Mark Gill better than many.

The film attempts to describe the formative, entirely dull life of Steven Patrick Morrissey before he became the flower-flailing face of the Smiths and subsequently a globetrotting solo star (he is, bizarrely, very big in Mexico).

Trapped, like Morrissey, in the limited grimness of 1970s rain-sodden suburbia, with little narrative momentum (Morrissey moans a lot and wants to be famous, and that's it), it envisages biographical scenarios that might soon inform his classic songs.

There's the nightclub scene from How Soon Is Now ("So you go and you stand on your own/ And you leave on your own"), the maudlin walks from Cemetry Gates ("A dreaded sunny day/ So I meet you at the cemetery gates"), and the fairground altercations from Rusholme Ruffians ("A boy is stabbed/ And his money is grabbed").

Which is all lovely. And I know I had a blast. But if you're not a Smiths/ Morrissey devotee there can surely be only ambivalence. Watching someone incessantly scribble in notepads while complaining, "I'm sick of being an undiscovered genius," can get you only so far.

Tellingly, you are left with the impression that the rising star Jack Lowden has just done a pitch-perfect Morrissey impression, if not quite a characterisation. Morrissey has been an elusive figure all his life, and he has certainly eluded this film.
 

I_Am_A_Disco_Dancer

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More reviews -

Unlovable? A new biopic of Morrissey, Britain’s controversial music icon - The Economist (Prospero blog)

"In England is Mine, a new biopic of Morrissey, Mark Gill fashions an odd portrait of the artist as a young misery guts. The film hones in on the singer’s formative years in Stretford, a town in Manchester, and as such features none of The Smiths’ music (Johnny Marr, the guitarist critical to the band’s sound, appears only briefly). It is a curiously low-key affair, shorn of the air-punching moments that constitute most music biopics’ bread and butter.....

....There’s time yet for a fuller-throated appreciation of the musician and his talents. But “England is Mine” does something else: it makes Morrissey seem human again. He emerges not as a mythical star, but as both a product of his environment as well as a man apart from it. It is a start."

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England is Mine: Lifeless - Financial Times
by Nigel Andrews (2 out of 5 stars)

"England Is Mine is a British biopic about the young Morrissey. The singer, songwriter and Mancunian miserabilist needs a Mike Leigh to do him proper justice. Leigh would find the hope, pathos and transcendence in this one-time wannabe of eloquent woe, who seems (even now in retrospect) the least likely candidate for chart success in rock history.

Mark Gill’s film goes through the motions. It’s a work of lifeless competence, which may be worse than incompetence. At least in an accident something can catch fire. Here we get Jack Lowden with a wig and accent; lots of brand-recognition 1970s hit tunes (the Morrissey/Smiths songs weren’t released to the film); and much sub-Monty Python stuff, ponderously directed, about the aspiring young artist rebelling against the hard northern parents."

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'England Is Mine': The Morrissey Biopic That Might Make You Give Him A Second Chance - Esquire
by Olivia Ovenden

The account of his painful teenage years offers a new perspective on the singer.

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Morrissey biopic England Is Mine – a quiet portrait of a star’s growing pains - The Big Issue
by Edward Lawrenson

Before he became frontman of The Smiths and a pop idol, Morrissey was once just a kid like any other according to Mark Gill's gentle and moving biopic.

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England Is Mine review – a Morrissey mope-fest - The Guardian
by Wendy Ide

This biopic of the embryonic Smiths singer is hamstrung without the music of the band.

"...Jack Lowden does his best with a thankless role, but there is very little here to disabuse the growing belief that what the young Steven Patrick Morrissey most needs is a slap."
 
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England Is Mine review – a Morrissey mope-fest - The Guardian
by Wendy Ide

This biopic of the embryonic Smiths singer is hamstrung without the music of the band.

"...Jack Lowden does his best with a thankless role, but there is very little here to disabuse the growing belief that what the young Steven Patrick Morrissey most needs is a slap."

This is a horrible review. Not because it is negative but because how dismissive and flippant it is about depression. Thankfully Wendy Ide gets a slap herself in the comments section of her own article.
 

Quando quando quando

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jesus. I was planning on seeing this soon, think I'll pass now. thanks.:straightface:

Had a deja vu right now, reading your post.
Jesus thinks you are okay. :)
But wait a minute, starting to doubt the whole deja vu phenomenon.
Wasn't it something Moz wrote in one of his penpal letters to Robert Mackie?
It must have been. :o
For God's sake, where is the humour, the wit, in this movie?
Is this Moz? :ha-no:
 

A scanty bit of thing

I only have eyes for youuuuuu, Aztec!
jesus. I was planning on seeing this soon, think I'll pass now. thanks.:straightface:
Why is it that every time I click on a link on this site lately, I instantly regret my finger-to-the-trigger, controlled by no one and nothing, completely errant finger-pressing impulses.

Regret tastes like the sound of angels screaming, btw. In case anyone else feels the same and has any momentary trouble recognizing this rather particularly gruesome mouth-flavour. Sad clip, bad clip. And the angels continue to scream in dismal, abject horror. Because there is no salvation.
 
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Quando quando quando

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Why is it that every time I click on a link on this site lately, I instantly regret my finger-to-the-trigger, controlled by no one and nothing, completely errant finger-pressing impulses.

Regret tastes like the sound of angels screaming, btw. In case anyone else feels the same and has any momentary trouble recognizing this rather particularly gruesome mouth-flavour. Sad clip, bad clip. And the angels continue scream in dismal, abject horror. Because there is no salvation.

" Regret tastes like the sound of angels screaming, btw. In case anyone else feels the same and has any momentary trouble recognizing this rather particularly gruesome mouth-flavour. "

Isn't this what is called an oxymoron? I like them!
It also reminds me of people seeing words, characters, numbers in colours, tasting with their ears, hearing with their toe-nails as was recently discussed here, forgot the name for that phenomenon.
Countthree knows. :thumb:
 

A scanty bit of thing

I only have eyes for youuuuuu, Aztec!
" Regret tastes like the sound of angels screaming, btw. In case anyone else feels the same and has any momentary trouble recognizing this rather particularly gruesome mouth-flavour. "

Isn't this what is called an oxymoron? I like them!
It also reminds me of people seeing words, characters, numbers in colours, tasting with their ears, hearing with their toe-nails as was recently discussed here, forgot the name for that phenomenon.
Countthree knows. :thumb:
Synesthesia :)
 

A scanty bit of thing

I only have eyes for youuuuuu, Aztec!
think I'll see it anyway, maybe some bud will help me suspend disbelief, or I'll just be laughing my head off through the whole thing.

Also Scanty and Quando if you're reading... that post in the other thread is not me singing... just a bad joke directed toward that poster I was replying back to.
Yes, we knew that, K-Ket-Kitty! But you are cute to own up! :lbf:
 
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