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Fifty Dead Men Walking Reviews

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 18, 2009
Proves how easy it is to shamelessly bilk audiences of their empathy with an "inspired by true events" credit.
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
August 26, 2009
Conventional modes of representation hamper Fifty Dead Men Walking and its look at a subject that demands a fresher point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Fifty Dead Men Walking is a largely uninvolving crime thriller that fails to do justice to the intriguing story of an informant within the IRA.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 9, 2009
Nothing new is said but everything said is shouted, as if to convince us that yesterday's headlines are still today's hot news.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 20, 2009
Fifty Dead Men Walking provides another example of what happens when mediocre moviemaking meets an interesting life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 9, 2009
Despite a strong performance from Sturgess, Fifty Dead Men Walking is ultimately let down by a lack of tension, an uneven script and the shocking miscasting of Rose McGowan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
August 20, 2009
God forbid anything even slightly suspenseful or significant should happen without revved-up '80s Irish rock blasting over the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 13, 2011
A 'war on terror' thriller set in Ireland? Surprisingly, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 20, 2009
In this film, Skogland, as Kathryn Bigelow does in The Hurt Locker, demolishes the notion that women can't direct action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2009
Skogland is a crisp and efficient storyteller. She keeps the players vivid and relatively honest, and never shies away from the brutalities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
August 21, 2009
Suspenseful thriller about divided loyalties and tensions of a double agent in his own home, informing on those he has known since childhood, but without political context.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 11, 2009
One of the more absorbing and riveting portraits of The Troubles since 1993's In the Name of the Father.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mickey McMonagle
Sunday Mail [UK]
April 17, 2009
The star here is Jim Sturgess as McGartland, generating sympathy, realism and likeability in very difficult situations. A must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 24, 2009
A viscerally intense, gripping and character-driven thriller filled with pulse-pounding action, strong performances and stylish, gritty cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.0/10
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
July 31, 2009
The movie, shot it Ireland, has a gritty, documentary feel and a sharp, dramatic pulse that never really falters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
April 9, 2009
Fifty Dead Men Walking is gripping, tense, nicely shot-and much more watchable than the "other" IRA movie Hunger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 21, 2009
Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs, spontaneous riots -- is what's genuinely gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 14, 2009
This explosive genre-buster about Ireland's '80s era "troubles," centered in the town of Belfast, drills down deep into the true story of controversial IRA figure Martin McGartland (brilliantly played by Jim Sturges) who worked as an undercover "tout" for
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob James
Total Film
April 9, 2009
A well-meaning and inadvertently timely attempt to tackle the Troubles, whose thriller-toned accessibility occasionally trips over cine-clichés. Meanwhile, a confident, complex Sturgess makes his strongest impression yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
April 17, 2009
It is Jim Sturgess who dominates with a charismatic performance that creates an empathy with McGartland as he journeys from arrogant hustler to vulnerable IRA insider crushed by the impossible demands of his double life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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