Five Minutes of Heaven - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Five Minutes of Heaven Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2009
Two marvelous performances from two Irish actors turn Oliver Hirschbiegel's Five Minutes of Heaven into a tour de force.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
August 28, 2009
Ultimately, Five Minutes of Heaven is stronger as a whole than its individual parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
 difficulty.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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
Top Critic
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
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.
August 18, 2009
The three parts never coalesce, even if they each have potential.
August 18, 2009
It is very good at stating the obvious but fails to bring new insight to this age-old morality tale.
April 23, 2009
Powerhouse performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbit make this an intense, ultimately moving tale.
January 19, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4