willml’s review published on Letterboxd:
I don't say this lightly, or much at all for that matter, but "Starred Up" really is one of the greatest films I have ever seen in my life. It damn well blows "Shawshank" out of the water, that's for sure.
I think one of the main things that makes this film so brilliant is that every single character introduced in this film has a role to fill. Each person is a significant and vitally important piece to the puzzle, which is one of the most important things to do for a film.
Let it grow on you. Trust me. At first you may be weary, as was I, but by the end I could barely take the power exploding from the frame. Everything about this film is plain brilliant to no end.
Will be fluctuating from 1st and 2nd favorite film of the year. Can't decide for now.