Five Minutes of Heaven - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Five Minutes of Heaven Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 18, 2009
It is very good at stating the obvious but fails to bring new insight to this age-old morality tale.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2010
The film deserves credit for not offering any easy answers, but it also fails to ask any interesting questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 21, 2009
Early scenes set up the tragedy, but the majority of Oliver Hirschbiegel's movie is set in a TV studio where the two eventually face each other, and the tension, unfortunately, quickly becomes stagey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 21, 2009
A feature-length talkathon built on a sketchy premise and strong star turns from Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Cabin
August 27, 2009
comes off as somewhat heavy-handed, if not outright pointless.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tony Medley
January 19, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
August 18, 2009
The three parts never coalesce, even if they each have potential.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 20, 2009
Alas for 'Five Minutes of Heaven,' confrontations seem rigged and resolution is tacked on in minutes.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 19, 2009
Could benefit from a little less of the balanced historical context and a little more of the movie madness of Quentin Tarantino.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 24, 2009
Five Minutes of Heaven is actually 75 minutes worth of buildup to an ending that's much more fizzle than sizzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
August 20, 2009
Inspired by the sectarian murder of a Catholic dockworker in 1975, Five Minutes Of Heaven belongs, along with Nothing Personal and Breakfast On Pluto, to the rare class of movies that try to encompass both sides of the conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Don Groves
December 24, 2010
Tense tale of guilt and atonement in Northern Ireland.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 1, 2010
...intelligent and provocative
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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James Berardinelli
September 9, 2009
The movie might have been more tense had it been a little more quiet. Neeson and Nesbitt, however, are so good that narrative hiccups never threaten to lose us...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Lippe
November 9, 2009
Five Minutes of Heaven is an almost-great film that gets points for sticking with its confused and conflicted characters as long as it does.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 28, 2009
Excellent...both Neeson and Nesbitt should be worthy end-of-the-year award contenders for their fine, challenging work here.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2009
It's easy to see what attracted Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday) to Prime Suspect veteran Guy Hibbert's screenplay: it's an actor's showcase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
March 3, 2009
A damn good film, one that trades in harsh, dark material, but never loses sight of the true nature of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
April 14, 2010
Pitch-perfect performances and an incredibly powerful first two acts do a lot to make up for the film's loss of momentum towards the end.
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