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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 13, 2015
An action-packed historical Irish thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Fifty Dead Men Walking is a largely uninvolving crime thriller that fails to do justice to the intriguing story of an informant within the IRA.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 13, 2011
A 'war on terror' thriller set in Ireland? Surprisingly, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 14, 2009
Despite trying a little too hard to be cool and edgy, this is nevertheless an entertaining thriller with a decent twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 11, 2009
One of the more absorbing and riveting portraits of The Troubles since 1993's In the Name of the Father.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 28, 2009
Although the ranks of great IRA films are swelling rapidly this combination of political history and mystery suspense masterwork is one of the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 26, 2009
Jim Sturgess makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too actorly as his handler.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
August 26, 2009
Conventional modes of representation hamper Fifty Dead Men Walking and its look at a subject that demands a fresher point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 24, 2009
A viscerally intense, gripping and character-driven thriller filled with pulse-pounding action, strong performances and stylish, gritty cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.0/10
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2009
Skogland is a crisp and efficient storyteller. She keeps the players vivid and relatively honest, and never shies away from the brutalities.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 21, 2009
Move over Donnie Brasco. Fifty Dead Men Walking is going to put Jim Sturgess, best known for crooning in Across the Universe, on the acting map.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 21, 2009
Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs, spontaneous riots -- is what's genuinely gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
August 21, 2009
Suspenseful thriller about divided loyalties and tensions of a double agent in his own home, informing on those he has known since childhood, but without political context.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 21, 2009
A streamlined, adrenalized thriller that is not as deep as it would like to appear, treads a retrospective political tightrope.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
August 21, 2009
An action packed adventure that grows more suspenseful with each sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Stewart
Slant Magazine
August 21, 2009
Impressively compact in its storytelling and visually sumptuous despite a budget of pocket-change proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 20, 2009
This is gritty storytelling where violence is a way of life and confrontation between Catholics and Protestants and police a daily occurrence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 20, 2009
Fifty Dead Men Walking provides another example of what happens when mediocre moviemaking meets an interesting life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 20, 2009
What makes Fifty Dead Men work is the story's sheer moral complexity, which dares viewers to sympathize with anyone onscreen for more than a few minutes at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 20, 2009
...the filmmakers never really make us buy that this man was so averse to violence he was willing to sell out his friends - for profit mind you - to help save the British. And yet the film really works as a political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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