The Wind That Shakes the Barley Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
The film's stark outrage exposes the pussyfooting that these days passes for 'political'
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 28, 2008
Pickings must have been pretty slim at Cannes last year because Barley isn't much of a standout piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
July 19, 2008
Loach delivers a moving and often beautiful story that captures the essence of the conflict, with all its unintended consequences and personal tragedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 11, 2008
Loach is on fire here. A masterfully executed mix of politics and passion, this is an example of that increasingly rare beast in modern cinema: a serious, thought-provoking film for grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 9, 2008
Gripping old-fashioned political drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 27, 2007
A brutal film...deeply moving yet painful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
September 4, 2007
Ultimately, the politics outweigh the poetry ... but it succeeds despite its hesitations and far-reaching ambition
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2007
Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
Laverty's screenplay is not a simple-minded exercise, although there is a schematic aspect to it. He and Loach want to be fair to both sides of the Irish debate ...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The performances are shattering, made all the more harrowing by the situations the characters find themselves in.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 13, 2007
A film that shows the slow push for freedom as the sticky, messy and lengthy process it really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 8, 2007
the intensity of Murphy and Delaney's performances is shattering... 'Wind' never loses sight of the fact that sometimes a victim's wounds may be invisible to the eye, but every bit as painful as a stabbing...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 25, 2007
There are moments that stir, and it's always lovely, but it's generally too remote to gain hold of you truly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 25, 2007
While the film has its share of exciting battle scenes, Loach captures them with an almost detached, documentary-like feeling, as if not wanting the thrills to overwhelm the essential tragedy he sees in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 24, 2007
Loach remains focused on the personal, which serves best to highlight the seriousness of the political with which it intersects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 24, 2007
Director Ken Loach borrows the title of his 1920s Irish insurrection drama "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" from a Robert Dwyer Joyce poem, and, in turn, his film is visual poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 22, 2007
A social drama so well built that it can pump out thrills while fueling Damian's motivation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 19, 2007
A scenic bit of agitprop that can be as easy on the eyes as it is soft on the ear, even when it's being harshly argued and violently portrayed.
| Original Score: 3/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
May 15, 2007
Oh brother, where art thou politically?
| Original Score: 3/4
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 12, 2007
The Wind That Shakes the Barley has a sober, authentic, down-to-earth feel to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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