Michael Collins Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 28, 2010
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 23, 2009
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...
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Collins, who died at 31, was arguably the key figure in the struggles that led to the separation of Ireland and Britain. He was also, on the basis of this film, a man able to use violence without becoming intoxicated by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
While Michael Collins does distort elements of history, most of the changes and compressions are dramatically effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
October 11, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: B+