• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • In Theaters:    Jan 19, 2009 Wide
  • On DVD:    Apr 27, 2010
  • IFC Films

Five Minutes of Heaven Reviews

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 16, 2011

Un drama reflexivo y quizás alegórico sobre las heridas que permanecen años después de un conflicto como el de Irlanda del Norte. Sus dos principales actores salen airosos de las quizás inevitables simplificaciones del guión.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 24, 2010

Tense tale of guilt and atonement in Northern Ireland.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.0
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2010

The film deserves credit for not offering any easy answers, but it also fails to ask any interesting questions.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
May 2, 2010

... about real people shaped by real situations and experiences that echo through their being long after the events are over.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 1, 2010

...intelligent and provocative

Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
April 14, 2010

Pitch-perfect performances and an incredibly powerful first two acts do a lot to make up for the film's loss of momentum towards the end.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 13, 2010

The economy of the screenplay provides an intense and focused film that ultimately delivers a gentle and controlled payoff

Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 13, 2010

Acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel gives us much more than we expect in a complex and superbly executed film, whose subject matter may be specific but whose themes of humanity are universal

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 24, 2009

Five Minutes of Heaven is actually 75 minutes worth of buildup to an ending that's much more fizzle than sizzle.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 12, 2009

[T]his difficult, uncomfortable film... deconstructs the notion of what 'evil' is... Subtle and sharp in how it turns over notions of revenge and grief, forgiveness and empathy, compassion and understanding...

Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
November 9, 2009

Five Minutes of Heaven is an almost-great film that gets points for sticking with its confused and conflicted characters as long as it does.

Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
November 6, 2009

Five Minutes of Heaven is a frustrating inconsistent film which provides a vehicle for some truly outstanding acting...

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
November 5, 2009

A director whose breakthrough was the story of a madman's last stand has exceeded that feat with the story of an angry man's next step.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
October 15, 2009

Two marvelous performances from two Irish actors turn Oliver Hirschbiegel's Five Minutes of Heaven into a tour de force.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 2, 2009

This talky little drama about two men *not* meeting is exceedingly well-written and very efficiently made, with surprisingly good mood-setters and dramatic deflections

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2009

It's easy to see what attracted Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday) to Prime Suspect veteran Guy Hibbert's screenplay: it's an actor's showcase.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 16, 2009

James Nesbitt is searing in a performance that bubbles both with rage and a tightrope type of wit.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 11, 2009

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
September 10, 2009

A tense, sad reminder that there's no more persistent attacker than the past.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
September 9, 2009

The movie might have been more tense had it been a little more quiet. Neeson and Nesbitt, however, are so good that narrative hiccups never threaten to lose us...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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