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Fifty Dead Men Walking Reviews

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Proves how easy it is to shamelessly bilk audiences of their empathy with an "inspired by true events" credit.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 18, 2009
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

Conventional modes of representation hamper Fifty Dead Men Walking and its look at a subject that demands a fresher point of view.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 26, 2009
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 9, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Fifty Dead Men Walking provides another example of what happens when mediocre moviemaking meets an interesting life.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2009
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

April 9, 2009
David Fear
Time Out New York
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God forbid anything even slightly suspenseful or significant should happen without revved-up '80s Irish rock blasting over the soundtrack.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

August 20, 2009
Mike Edwards
What Culture

A 'war on terror' thriller set in Ireland? Surprisingly, it works.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 13, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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In this film, Skogland, as Kathryn Bigelow does in The Hurt Locker, demolishes the notion that women can't direct action.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 20, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Skogland is a crisp and efficient storyteller. She keeps the players vivid and relatively honest, and never shies away from the brutalities.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2009
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

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 Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

August 21, 2009
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

One of the more absorbing and riveting portraits of The Troubles since 1993's In the Name of the Father.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2009
Mickey McMonagle
Sunday Mail [UK]

The star here is Jim Sturgess as McGartland, generating sympathy, realism and likeability in very difficult situations. A must-see.

Full Review Source: Sunday Mail [UK] | Original Score: 5/5

April 17, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A viscerally intense, gripping and character-driven thriller filled with pulse-pounding action, strong performances and stylish, gritty cinematography.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.0/10

August 24, 2009
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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The movie, shot it Ireland, has a gritty, documentary feel and a sharp, dramatic pulse that never really falters.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 31, 2009
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Fifty Dead Men Walking is gripping, tense, nicely shot-and much more watchable than the "other" IRA movie Hunger.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 3/5

April 9, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

August 14, 2009
Rob James
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 9, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2009
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Despite trying a little too hard to be cool and edgy, this is nevertheless an entertaining thriller with a decent twist.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2009

Hollywood Reporter
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August 20, 2009

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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