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Michael Collins (1996)

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80

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

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The rise and fall of one of the most important and controversial figures in Ireland's struggle for independence is chronicled in this biographical drama. In 1916, the British government ruled Ireland with a firm and cruel hand, as they had for 700 years. When a group of Irish rebels staged a six-day siege at Dublin's General Post Office, only one of the leaders was able to escape execution -- Eamon De Valera (Alan Rickman), an American citizen of Irish blood. A number of De Valera's followers

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Neil Jordan

Aug 27, 1997

Warner Bros.

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (10) | DVD (3)

There are pain and honor in [Neeson's] performance, and they constantly rise up to redeem a film that is less probing, less thoughtful than its director's claims and aspirations for it.

March 28, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Intelligent, enormously accomplished and seriously problematic, Neil Jordan's ambitious account of the activities of arguably the central figure in Ireland's painful, bloody fight for independence from the British Empire has a great deal to offer...

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Jordan always had 6-foot-4 Liam Neeson in mind to play the man they called "the Big Fellow," and it's more than size that makes Neeson fit the part of a leader known for his "cloudburst temperament."

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Bad history perhaps, but Neeson's performance borders on the brilliant.

March 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
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While the film is unflinching in its depiction of the brutality of both the English and the Irish, Jordan pointedly dissociates his hero from any actual ugliness.

March 28, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Neil Jordan uses very broad and movie-ish strokes to paint his portrait of the busy, eponymous hero.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Be sure to watch "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" if you watch "Michael Collins"

June 1, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

A bold and rousing historical epic.

January 23, 2006
Fantastica Daily

An intellectually well thought out work that presents the events of those turbulent days in Irish history with clear, vivid reality, from costumes to sets to location.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Neeson's a force of nature in Neil Jordan's near-excellent historical epic.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Instead of being a slow, dull historical drama, it is actually an exciting action drama.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A way to relate pivotal events to an audience who probably knows little about the Irish republic's creation.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Michael Collins is more-or-less accurate, but being accurate and giving a complete picture of the Irish Troubles are two different things.

May 6, 2003 Full Review
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Mr. Neeson's performance is matched by the finely detailed look and feel of Mr. Jordan's direction, and the melancholy Dublin he has re-created.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Makes it clear that it is far easier to be a terrorist than to be an emissary of peace.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Liam Neeson is perfectly cast as the man known to his comrades as "The Big Fellow," a charming ladies' man whose ruthless guerrilla tactics blended with altruism and a fervent love of country.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Liam Neeson as Collins gives an Oscar-caliber performance as well this Belfast-born man might.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Liam Neeson was the only man Jordan ever wanted to play this role, and for good reason.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Michael Collins

A sweeping and passionate epic of extroadinary power. It was as rousing, as brave, as strong and heartfelt as Braveheart. A true stand-tall classic. A triumphant and spectacular movie. This film is just pure excellence. Director, Neil Jordan`s masterpiece. It`s as inspiring as it is action-packed. An robustly entertaining and deeply moving film filled with action and drama. A vast, intelligent and superbly crafted picture. Liam Neeson gives one of the greatest performances of his career, he delivers power and emotion in such a memorable and wonderful way. Neeson is unfrogettable and tremendously effective. Alan Rickman is magnificent. Aiden Quinn is terrific.
May 14, 2012
allan913

Super Reviewer

A brave, bold and fair portrayal of a very controversial historical figure - he isn't held in high regard by many but he is a very influential character in recent history and his story is told well here. The production is awesome, in my opinion it is only the casting that lets it down but not in every case, Aidan Quinn and Stephen Rea were great as is Liam Neeson although he's not particularly convincing as a 31 year old.
April 11, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Pretty good, but for such a man of passionate, a lot of the film felt rather vapid. Maybe Aiden Quinn hung around the set too long and depressed everyone. It doesn't seek to probe, or examine the motivations of the players involved. Which for me is a bit of a dissapointment. Also, Roberts is terrible in this film.
December 21, 2011
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Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

Although the actors are great, and do a good job, you really need to understand the issues in this story to understand the movie. It's based on real people and events, which I know very little about, and this movies doesn't do much to help you understand them.
July 9, 2011
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