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Fifty Dead Men Walking Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
April 9, 2009
Its lack of political nous and cinematic ambition makes it seem small on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6