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The Special Relationship Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
The Special Relationship does indeed focus on a friendship between two (admittedly powerful) dudes, but this is more than a mere episode of Entourage. For one thing, stuff happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 16, 2010
[The] glimpse of the real Blair was far more interesting than the clichéd version we saw throughout the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 11, 2010
The third act in the chronicles of Tony Blair features Michael Sheen and scribe Peter Morgan in fine form, but a shaky turn by Dennis Quaid mars The Special Relationship from reaching its full potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
August 7, 2010
A dramatically flat exploration of the friendship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton, as they navigate the personal and national challenges of high office.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Fennell
Triple J
August 6, 2010
The most unintentionally homoerotic film of the year. Eventually you start willing them to make out. Solid script. Slightly unconvincing Clinton performance from Quaid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
August 6, 2010
As before, Michael Sheen is able to project a kind of toothy sincerity reminiscent of Tony Blair in the early stages of his political incumbency. There's a sweetness there, and at times, almost a naivity.
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
August 6, 2010
The relationship between Blair and Clinton never seems capable, dramatically speaking, of bearing the weight the film assigns to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
August 6, 2010
The film is immensely entertaining, whether fair or not. Sheen is brilliant, as we have come to expect, but Quaid's Clinton is perhaps the greater surprise because he gets well beyond the charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)
August 6, 2010
The Special Relationship marks a worthy addition to Morgan's ever-expanding body of work as a modern historian of the big screen.
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
August 5, 2010
Still, for all its flaws there's a compelling energy in The Special Relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
August 4, 2010
Lovers of political drama will be transfixed as these two immensely ambitious and powerful men make decisions that will change the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 4, 2010
The Special Relationship almost functions as a strange sort of bromance between two men who heralded the arrival of a new approach to progressive centre-left politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Dent
Sunday Mail (Australia)
August 3, 2010
The Special Relationship doesn't have the emotional impact of The Queen but it's a sharp examination of a brief time when the UK occupied a dynamic place on the world stage.
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
August 3, 2010
Sheen, quite frankly, looks bored out of his mind here and Loncraine's direction is flat and technically unadventurous. "Special" is definitely the wrong word to use to describe this relationship.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
August 3, 2010
Fine performances anchor this entertaining film which provides real insight into the dynamics of power and politics.
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
August 3, 2010
It is an insightful portrait of the relationship between Blair and US President Bill Clinton that casts them as men of both action and accident, driven by ideals and petty personal proclivities.
Rod Yates
Empire Magazine Australasia
August 2, 2010
Quality, but ultimately forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 31, 2010
Peter Morgan manages to infiltrate the wall of privacy that shrouds some aspects of these men's private conversations with a good ear for the hypothetical
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 31, 2010
We are in the hot seat, in the inner circle as we get a sense of 'the special relationship' between two 'liberal' leaders Tony Blair (Martin Sheen) and Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid), who are (in Clinton's words) 'holding the joystick at the same time'
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 1, 2010
Very astute.
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