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The Messenger Reviews

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Alissa Wilkinson
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2016
It is relentlessly bleak, even in its lighter moments. The downbeat tone is wearying. These days, we just need some hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
October 20, 2014
[Foster and Harrelson's] interplay, on the job (ruining the day of one unfortunate person after the next) and off...provides the backbone of this erratically paced film.
Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling
March 5, 2014
The Messenger is always just left of straightforward, which keeps it interesting.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 30, 2012
I know several folks in military service who wouldn't watch this movie if you paid them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
July 22, 2011
Alejado de cualquier rastro de patriotismo, desnudando la complejidad emocional detrás de un drama históricamente recurrente que ha sido retratado con frecuencia por el cine norteamericano, aunque esta vez de manera un poco más intimista.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
It never feels contrived or overwritten, managing to deftly pack emotional punches through the strength of its performances and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
June 22, 2011
It's a shame so few people will see this on the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
June 19, 2011
The Messenger takes on a warmth and plangency that rewards viewing.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 17, 2011
Don't let the fact Woody Harrelson got an Oscar nomination tempt you anywhere near The Messenger - the message here is about as welcome as a death knock on a wet Sunday afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 17, 2011
An intelligent, superbly acted and moving drama that manages to say more about war and its consequences than most films set on the front line.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
June 17, 2011
Although it stumbles on the storytelling, drifting rather repetitively around the lives of its haunted protagonists, it's a rewarding, humane picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
June 17, 2011
Foster and an Oscar-nominated Harrelson effectively convey the outward steel and inner fragility of these men of war but the film is slow-moving and maudlin.
Peter Bradshaw
June 16, 2011
An intelligent and well-acted film which deserves its outing here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 16, 2011
It's a film of quietly assured dramatic clout, a strong and sober reckoning with American conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Winning
Little White Lies
June 16, 2011
Stumbles a little, loosening its grip in the bromantic final stretch. But if impenitent heartstring pluckage is what you're after, this is where it's at.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
June 16, 2011
This worthwhile drama reports from the home front as the war on terror continues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 15, 2011
The Oscar-nominated script pursues a grimly honourable task into its grim and not always honourable byways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
June 15, 2011
Intimate, powerful filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
June 15, 2011
It's a welcome addition to the increasingly interesting movie canon dealing with the downside of the war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 15, 2011
[An] unpredictable, episodic, deeply resonant character piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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