Shadow Dancer Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 31, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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May 30, 2013
Shadow Dancer feels like a thriller, but Marsh is wisely more interested in the tension than in the release. What thrills exist here are carefully tempered by the considered pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 30, 2013
"Shadow Dancer" is ominously subdued and grimly taciturn. The dialogue is minimal. Only what has to be said is said, and the tone of most of it is one of quiet urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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May 30, 2013
Director James Marsh, best known for his documentaries Man On Wire and Project Nim, crafts an atmosphere of tenuous dread.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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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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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 28, 2013
The film rests on the desperate chemistry of a paunchy, weathered Owen and a tense, quietly ferocious Riseborough.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
August 21, 2012
While it's hard to grumble about such a smart, intelligent drama after a summer of big bangs, its slow pace at times feels sluggish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
James Marsh's gripping thriller set in Northern Ireland demands patience and concentration of its audience, but the impeccably crafted film is well worth the effort.
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William Goss
Film.com
January 27, 2012
Riseborough gives a tremendously vulnerable and resolute turn as a protector at home and avenger abroad forced to reconsider the extent to which she is capable of avoiding the crossfire on all sides.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 25, 2012
The occasional flareup of violence notwithstanding, it's Riseborough's performance that provides the primary source of suspense.