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'71 Reviews

August 10, 2018
One of the sharpest British movies in some time.
October 14, 2015
'71 makes so much effort to be suspenseful that it doesn't have much time to get into nuance.
March 13, 2015
The film doesn't take sides, but shows how conflict stirs the pot of human emotions and how quickly things can get out of control. And it shows that in war, no one is right.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 13, 2015
Demange's feature debut miraculously distills the often Byzantine nature of the power politics behind The Troubles in a deeply intimate chamber piece about a single day in the life of a British soldier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 13, 2015
People died, but it's more than the bombs, bullets and bodies. The more fascinating damage was done to psyches and souls, and Demange, with '71, comes for yours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 12, 2015
The movie excites, but intelligently, without stoking blood lust or Old Testament revenge impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 12, 2015
If you are in the mood for a confusing and thoroughly depressing immersion into Irish history, you can't do better. But that would be a very odd mood to be in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2015
A "war is hell" movie that won't give up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 12, 2015
When it comes to vengeance and murderous intrigue, the Belfast in " '71" is a small world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2015
O'Connell is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2015
This isn't a story about religious differences. It's a thriller - gripping, almost abstract and carefully assembled by filmmakers who appear to know more about creating tension than explaining it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 12, 2015
It may not be fair to call Yann Demange a great filmmaker after just one feature, but that feature, '71, just might be a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 12, 2015
Scenes take on a surreal nightmare quality, sometimes with no accompanying sound, as even the camera seems dazed by what it is witnessing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2015
The grainy, grimy, shadow-strewn look is right for this sort of military noir, and the women who haunt the edges of the conflict are splendid icons of both conscience and crushed humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 12, 2015
Shot by first-time feature director Yann Demange on the gritty streets of Sheffield and Liverpool in a style that puts the viewer in the crosshairs of the action, '71 is bracing from beginning to end.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2015
This is a brisk, frightening movie about recent history and it's well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2015
It's a potent, visceral experience, but it doesn't offer much historical context, and its depiction of the IRA is fairly simplistic.
March 6, 2015
Gripping, mournful, suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 4, 2015
It's only March, but this could be 2015's most invigorating directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 2, 2015
Such is the plot's momentum ... that we scarcely notice the jolts of implausibility.
February 28, 2015
It's a riveting, man-on-the-run genre movie, almost a combination of "Black Hawk Down" and "After Hours," rather than an allegory or a historical treatise.
February 27, 2015
Within its limited compass, '71 packs a punch, and the lack of political bias does give it a more encompassing feel.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 27, 2015
'71 doesn't always work, but when it does, it's a blistering, gripping tale of a boy lost in a war gone horribly wrong.
February 27, 2015
O'Connell continues to bring equal measures of toughness and vulnerability to his characters. Despite his good looks, there's an everyman's quality to him, which he uses to full effect in "'71."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2015
A tense thriller from Britain that so adroitly joins physical intensity, emotional authenticity and political acuity that you may find yourself forgetting to take a breath.
February 26, 2015
Mr. O'Connell runs away with " '71," in which his character's every emotional, psychological and physical hurdle makes for kinetic cinema.
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February 26, 2015
'71 may not illuminate all that much, but it consistently electrifies.
February 26, 2015
A private in the British army finds himself stranded on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Demange's film, spiked by an all-stops-out O'Connell, makes politics unnervingly personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2015
Big-screen storytelling stripped to its dramatic and visual essentials, and the result is nothing less than shattering.
February 26, 2015
'71 rarely stops for breath; the threat of sudden violence hangs over every mundane conversation, and Demange expertly sustains the tension, allowing anxiety to build, briefly ebb, and then build again, over and over.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 25, 2015
Yann Demange tints the midnight alleys of Belfast like an Irish flag dragged through the mud: black skies, sickly green lamps, and the orange flames of torched cars.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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February 23, 2015
The Troubles have rarely been more troubling onscreen than they are in '71, a vivid, shivery survival thriller that turns the red-brick residential streets of Belfast into a war zone of unconscionable peril.
February 23, 2015
A big part of [Demange's] achievement resides in the casting of such a veteran crew of character actors in the first place, but credit is due for coaxing such subtle performances.
February 23, 2015
When the action slows down just enough for dialogue that extends beyond gruff, hollered exchanges, Gregory Burke's brilliantly economical screenplay doesn't mince words.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 7, 2014
The film's mix of hard-nosed realist drama with more heightened genre elements - action, certainly; horror, even - means that it's always distinctive and has you in its grip from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2014
This is confident, fascinating filmmaking.