Five Minutes of Heaven - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Five Minutes of Heaven Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 5, 2009
A director whose breakthrough was the story of a madman's last stand has exceeded that feat with the story of an angry man's next step.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 15, 2009
Two marvelous performances from two Irish actors turn Oliver Hirschbiegel's Five Minutes of Heaven into a tour de force.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 2, 2009
So many movies set in Northern Ireland are about the Troubles that we might justifiably ask, why another? Five Minutes of Heaven is far from the best of the breed, but it does at least take a new tack.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2009
Ultimately, Five Minutes of Heaven is stronger as a whole than its individual parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 26, 2009
It's an original movie idea that feels written for the stage, all the more so since so much of our attention is diverted to admiring how the actors act, in roles with a high degree of technical
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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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.
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
August 18, 2009
The three parts never coalesce, even if they each have potential.
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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.
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Dennis Harvey
April 23, 2009
Powerhouse performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbit make this an intense, ultimately moving tale.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 19, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
January 19, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4