Bad history perhaps, but Neeson's performance borders on the brilliant.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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...
Neil Jordan uses very broad and movie-ish strokes to paint his portrait of the busy, eponymous hero.
| Original Score: 4/5
Be sure to watch "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" if you watch "Michael Collins"
| Original Score: 4/5
This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import.
A bold and rousing historical epic.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
| Original Score: B
Neeson's a force of nature in Neil Jordan's near-excellent historical epic.
Instead of being a slow, dull historical drama, it is actually an exciting action drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A way to relate pivotal events to an audience who probably knows little about the Irish republic's creation.
Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.
Michael Collins is more-or-less accurate, but being accurate and giving a complete picture of the Irish Troubles are two different things.
| Original Score: 4/10
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.
Makes it clear that it is far easier to be a terrorist than to be an emissary of peace.
Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Liam Neeson as Collins gives an Oscar-caliber performance as well this Belfast-born man might.
Liam Neeson was the only man Jordan ever wanted to play this role, and for good reason.