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King Jack (15)


Set over a hazy summer weekend, King Jack is a tough and tender coming of age story about friendship and finding happiness in bleak surroundings.

The critical consensus

King Jack takes its callow protagonist to bleak places (its depiction of violence is particularly unsparing), but ultimately has observations to make about survival, self-respect and learning to recognise the good in other people that are pretty relevant whatever age you happen to be.

****(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 22/02/2016

Charlie Plummer and Cory Nichols’s sweet performances engage us in this violent summer’s tale.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 25/02/2016

An old tale given fresh flavour in a stylish debut.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 25/02/2016

The combination of innocence and steely determination make Jack a sympathetic figure and the film delivers enough tough, tender insight into his life to strike a universal chord.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 26/02/2016

Winning debut about a small-town boy put in charge of his younger cousin for the weekend.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 28/02/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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