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Fifty Dead Men Walking Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 20, 2009
executes with appropriate energy, poignancy, and just the right balance of tension
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 20, 2009
In this film, Skogland, as Kathryn Bigelow does in The Hurt Locker, demolishes the notion that women can't direct action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
August 20, 2009
God forbid anything even slightly suspenseful or significant should happen without revved-up '80s Irish rock blasting over the soundtrack.
| Original Score: 1/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
August 19, 2009
Gruesome scenes or torture and murder bring home the political climate once prominent in Northern Ireland.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 19, 2009
Unlike the political espionages of Carol Reed and Mankiewicz, the helmer takes a more detached approach and tries to do too much, resulting in sporadically engaging thriller but the story is gripping and Sturgess gives a dominant breakthrough performance
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 18, 2009
Proves how easy it is to shamelessly bilk audiences of their empathy with an "inspired by true events" credit.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 18, 2009
Docu-like film based on exploits of an actual Belfast hood turned informer against IRA terrorists is an explosive cinematic experience.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 16, 2009
The user-used/player-pawn/Fergus-Marty relationship is what counts here, braced by Kingsley and Sturgess in a consideration of conscience in wartime.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 14, 2009
This explosive genre-buster about Ireland's '80s era "troubles," centered in the town of Belfast, drills down deep into the true story of controversial IRA figure Martin McGartland (brilliantly played by Jim Sturges) who worked as an undercover "tout" for
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
July 31, 2009
It's the chemistry-fueled give-and-take between Sturgess and Kingsley that gives Fifty Dead Men Walking its soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
July 31, 2009
It's a pretty fine film, thanks largely to the performances (and look) of its crackerjack cast, as well as Jonathan Freeman's restless, gritty cinematography and a lickety-split script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
July 31, 2009
The movie, shot it Ireland, has a gritty, documentary feel and a sharp, dramatic pulse that never really falters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

GQ Magazine [UK]
April 17, 2009
You should watch this film for the standout performance of Jim Sturgess.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
April 17, 2009
Solid but uneven, it's made watchable by the leading man's performance.
| Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 17, 2009
Sturgess is superb as the double-dealer, nailing the Ulster accent and conveying the self-disgust behind McGartland's cocky front; Kingsley too gives good value in one of his less showy roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
April 17, 2009
It is Jim Sturgess who dominates with a charismatic performance that creates an empathy with McGartland as he journeys from arrogant hustler to vulnerable IRA insider crushed by the impossible demands of his double life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 17, 2009
It is Sturgess who dominates the film, though, showing us how an ordinary man can get involved in the messy, heartless business of informing, seemingly unaware of what might eventually transpire.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 17, 2009
The harrowing true story of a man caught in an impossible situation, this film gives intriguing insight into the Troubles in Northern Ireland. But as a movie, it's a bit hard to grab onto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mickey McMonagle
Sunday Mail [UK]
April 17, 2009
The star here is Jim Sturgess as McGartland, generating sympathy, realism and likeability in very difficult situations. A must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
April 9, 2009
McGartland's work saved 50 lives, hence the title. Nowhere is mentioned how many lives he lost. The director's claim that he does not take sides has to be questioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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