Shadow Dancer Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 27, 2013
Plays slyly with noir; adroitly twists and turns away from easy expectations in its final minutes. This thriller's got one sharp, savage ending. Marsh takes a black-eyed stare out from the gravestone-gray, waning days of the Troubles.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2013
A grim but measured and intelligent art-house slow-burner.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 19, 2013
The acting in this film is very good. The plot is lean and powerful. It is pretty depressing, but it seems true enough in its depiction of this troubled period of history.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jared Eisenstat
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
By the end, the film shows not only the power of this influence but also its terrible price in an often merciless conflict.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 3, 2013
Despite solid performances, a slow first half takes away from this otherwise effective drama about an IRA sympathizer whose life becomes more complicated after she's coerced into spying for MI-5.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2013
The film relies on terse dialogue and boggy colors to create an atmosphere dense with anxiety -- all well handled by director James March.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 27, 2013
A respectable political/psychological suspenser, but not a wildly entertaining or enjoyable one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 27, 2013
It's absorbing, intelligent and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
June 14, 2013
Themes ripped from today's headlines lend "The Troubles" of Northern Ireland very tense, sobering, contemporary immediacy. . . Riseborough [is] mesmerizing at first sight.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 14, 2013
A tautly minimalist, occasionally generic study of betrayal and family ties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 13, 2013
[Director James Marsh] shows a deft hand with his actors and elicits a notable performance from [Andrea] Riseborough. The production is straightforward on all fronts and catches the bleakness hovering above Belfast under siege.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 2013
[Riseborough's] work is indrawn and riveting. It's hard to read the look in her eye, but we never stop trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
This British thriller by James Marsh is a little too neatly scripted and tightly edited for my taste, but there are galvanizing performances from Andrea Riseborough... and Clive Owen.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 13, 2013
These are characters for whom true belief in a cause has probably become impossible; they know how much that costs. Marsh does a compelling job of illustrating that for the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
June 6, 2013
Marsh focuses this slowly simmering drama on more universal themes of family, betrayal and decisions that people make that are both right and wrong at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 2, 2013
a potent, ultimately disheartening slow-burn drama
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 1, 2013
So many situations and plot points seem too sketchy here, but the two main characters manage to intrigue us, thanks to Andrea Riseborough and Clive Owen.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 1, 2013
...a quietly disturbing look at the choices placed before someone who is caught between two worlds, neither offering harbor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
May 31, 2013
Shadow Dancer is a quiet film that demands careful attention...
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 31, 2013
Riseborough's ever-mobile face is a study as Collette cycles from hopelessness to panic to mama-bear rage.
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