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Shadow Dancer Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

December 27, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A grim but measured and intelligent art-house slow-burner.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

December 16, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 19, 2013
Jared Eisenstat
Film Comment Magazine

By the end, the film shows not only the power of this influence but also its terrible price in an often merciless conflict.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film relies on terse dialogue and boggy colors to create an atmosphere dense with anxiety -- all well handled by director James March.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

July 22, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's absorbing, intelligent and sad.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2013
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

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 Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 8/10

June 14, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A tautly minimalist, occasionally generic study of betrayal and family ties.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 14, 2013
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

June 13, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[Riseborough's] work is indrawn and riveting. It's hard to read the look in her eye, but we never stop trying.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2013
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.4/10

June 6, 2013
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a potent, ultimately disheartening slow-burn drama

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a quietly disturbing look at the choices placed before someone who is caught between two worlds, neither offering harbor.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

June 1, 2013
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

Shadow Dancer is a quiet film that demands careful attention...

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks

May 31, 2013
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Riseborough's ever-mobile face is a study as Collette cycles from hopelessness to panic to mama-bear rage.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 31, 2013
Joe Friedrich
TV Guide's Movie Guide

By keeping politics in the background and emphasizing more than a few tenuous relationships, he allows the conflict, mistrust, and dishonesty in both Collette's and Mac's camps to come through without taking sides.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2013
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

The movie is sure-footed in its storytelling, right up to its appropriately open-ended conclusion.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

May 31, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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The proceedings move so quietly and thoughtfully as to be occasionally somnolent, though they're punctuated with spasms of the violence that marked the Troubles.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 31, 2013
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A riveting thriller that takes the viewer into the terror of the IRA machine.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 9/10

May 30, 2013
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