22 July Reviews

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October 13, 2018
It gives this evil man the spotlight and platform he so clearly craves. And as much as Greengrass is aware of this conundrum, he never quite figures out a solution.
October 11, 2018
The film is about atmosphere and anger, and Greengrass achieves that effect through tight focus on individuals. But the result is imperfect, because it elides crucial elements of the whole story.
October 11, 2018
Paul Greengrass' gritty, live-wire directing style is something of a trademark, and it's put to efficient use in 22 July, a layered, dense look at the savage terrorist attack that rocked Norway on that date in 2011.
October 11, 2018
Director Paul Greengrass' latest docudrama re-enacts the 2011 massacre in Norway with chilling accuracy - but stumbles when revisiting the details of the aftermath.
October 11, 2018
Fiction that hews close to fact, the movie is serious and meticulous, yet hollow.
Top Critic
October 11, 2018
What a perverse niche Paul Greengrass has carved out for himself.
June 5, 2019
A fine film covering an inexplicably horrible tragedy from Greengrass which succeeds despite the choices regarding language, both cinematic and spoken.
April 20, 2019
It is a gripping, nail-biting thriller that delivers all the drama needed to keep audiences riveted, while giving a final glimmer of hope for good to beat out evil.
February 17, 2019
Here is a truly miserable film that we could only hope was fiction.
February 8, 2019
As Breivik, Anders Danielsen Lie has a tough task and he rises to it, not seeking to overly humanise this monster, but bringing a dark, compelling confidence to the role.
February 4, 2019
This depiction of a terrorist attack is straightforward, matter-of-fact and unambiguous. The contrast between the weak, lone, angry killer, and the steady, strong, supportive unity of those oppose him is clear.
January 24, 2019
22 July shows the danger of supremacist ideology even when its adherents do not pick up a weapon.
January 11, 2019
This depiction of a real tragedy and its following events stays lukewarm as a boring drama that never takes off. [Full review in Spanish]
January 10, 2019
Greengrass focuses on hope, on the message that a united front against hate is, in the end, the best way to fight back. And that's a message that needs to be stated clearly - now more than ever.
January 8, 2019
Though not of the calibre as the director's sobering 9/11 drama United 93, it's still slickly made and worth the watch.
December 7, 2018
22 July means to sound a warning bell to shake us from complacency, and to encourage us to act against atrocity in any and every form.
November 27, 2018
The message isn't new but may bear repeating as long as the violence does.
November 21, 2018
Anchored by powerful, honest performances by Danielsen and Gravli, who play two people at opposite ends of a rifle, 22 July is a powerful reminder that democracies are fragile and must be protected with scrutiny and resolve, not bullets.
November 19, 2018
A hard-hitting docudrama about the July 22, 2011 mass shooting in Norway.
November 16, 2018
Leaves you a little disconcerted by its almost feel-good message that democracy can defeat fascism if only the youth of the world make their voices heard.
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