Shadow Dancer Reviews

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Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
May 27, 2013
Devoid of extended tension or even an emotionally robust climax to justify the deliberate stride Marsh employs, Shadow Dancer rings hollow even while all the pieces seem so substantial when singled out.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
May 30, 2013
with characters this underdeveloped, all the explosions in the world wouldn't be enough
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 31, 2013
The movie runs into the same problem all stories like this do: Generally, audiences don't like snitches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
October 12, 2012
The film hardly seems like more than an exercise: the plot wraps up neatly but the emotional significance of a key revelation is barely explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2013
The character mechanics ... leave the viewer always feeling a step ahead of the story and its too-late-to-excite twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
February 10, 2012
Noxious, reactionary and unashamedly pro-British to a startling degree.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
August 23, 2012
A thriller needs to thrill, and this one doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
May 28, 2013
There's slow-burning, and then there's simply slow; the difference between the two has never been so apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 29, 2013
The movie eventually wafts into a detective story, which would be doubly effective if only we could hack our way through the thickly coated Irish brogues that render so much of the dialogue incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 30, 2013
Riseborough once again transforms herself dramatically, expanding her role as best she can. But neither the hesitant script - adapted by Tom Bradby from his own novel - nor the sluggish tempo give her enough support.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News
May 31, 2013
The only poetry in this harsh film is in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 31, 2013
Dead-serious but also rather deadly is this IRA thriller, too intent on being portentous rather than riveting.
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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
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.
Joe Friedrich
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 31, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
...a slow burning and engrossing film that demonstrates the morally caustic nature of terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
May 29, 2013
A solemn, fatalistic drama about familial responsibility and the neverending cycle of selfishness and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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