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Man Inside, The (15)

Man Inside, The (15)

Crime, Drama, Thriller

A thriller centered on a young boxer trying to distance himself from his father's gangster past and the relationship with his trainer.


The critical consensus

Strong British independent cinema deserves an audience, but The Man Inside never lands a punch.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 17/07/2012

Plodding and predictable, it feels like a fixed fight from 
the start.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 22/07/2012

Stories this familiar depend on local detail to distinguish them; sadly, Dan Turner’s style is an awkward clash of London accents and Newcastle backdrops.

**(*)(*)(*)Simon Kinnear, Total Film, 23/07/2012

Not much to take away from this one (except the occasional laugh).

*(*)(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 26/07/2012

Dan Turner's spiky urban drama.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 26/07/2012

This is intelligent and ambitious work.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/07/2012

For all concerned, this feels like a dry run for better things.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 26/07/2012

Overwrought, steeped in cliché, Dan Turner's drama about a troubled young boxer nonetheless has enough raw energy to atone for its utterly derivative storyline.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 27/07/2012

Peter Mullan adds gruff authority and class but there is not much else to commend this effort from writer/director/producer Dan Turner.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 27/07/2012

It’s a pity Thomas’s performance isn’t matched by a story that ends exactly where you expect it to.

**(*)(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 26/07/2012

Shelve those 'gritty' cliches because writer/director Dan Turner works hard to avoid by-the-numbers plotting in a drama that's far from flawless but always hard-hitting.

***(*)(*)Owen Williams, Empire Online, 27/07/2012

A stolid, flashily edited slice of contemporary British life.

Philip French, The Observer, 29/07/2012


Features about Man Inside, The (15)

Inside job punches well above its weight

Alison Rowat, The Herald, 19/07/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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