Bloody Sunday (2002)



Critic Consensus: Bloody Sunday powerfully recreates the events of that day with startling immediacy.

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A depiction of the events of the infamous bloody massacre which took place Sunday on January 30, 1972 when 27 civilians were gunned down by the British Army in the streets of Northern Ireland. The story revolves around two young men who are caught up in the crossfire. One is an idealistic civil rights leader, and the other a teenage Catholic boy. Witness testimony contradicts the official findings of the government-sponsored investigation committee, which, in the first few months following the … More

Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Greengrass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2003
Box Office: $0.6M
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Critic Reviews for Bloody Sunday

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (34)


Full Review… | March 11, 2008
Top Critic

Greengrass sacrifices character and plot to a chilling impressionistic stylization.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Watching director Paul Greengrass's explosive Bloody Sunday, you have to remind yourself at moments that you're not looking at a documentary.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

Comparisons with The Battle of Algiers are not inappropriate.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Although originally produced for British television in 2002, Paul Greengrass's vivid depiction of a violent turning point in the so-called Troubles in Northern Ireland was released in the U.S. in theaters.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013

Powerful retelling of 1972 demonstrations.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Bloody Sunday


Interesting account of what happened on this tragic day. Not sure which side is telling the truth, but it is quite clear that things got way out of control. This movie was filmed in reality, shaky camera style...not my favorite. However, it was a decent attempt at telling this unfortunate event in history.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Felt it a bit lengthy, but otherwise incredible. Of course I was never aware of such historical incident. But that's no news, is it? However, I found it a bit exaggerated when Ivan compares the incident to the Amritsar Massacre (aka Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, which also happened to be a Sunday). Worth a watch, but could have been edited better.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Greengrass is just plain and simply, the man. He has the Midas touch in which everything he touches, turns to gold. In this gripping retelling of the events in 1972, Greengrass takes memories so wrought with emotion, and presents them in a way that seems not only fresh, but also fair. While he could have easily made a film vilifying the British for their actions, he takes time to give them reason, and shows the rage that was boiling up on both sides. As soon as you spend too much time with one side, the picture fades to black and we are taken back to the other side of the battle. On top of being a stylistic choice, it also helps keep the audience objective. He by no means defends the British, but he does the best he can to make the audience understand the calamity. As for the calamity itself, it is incredibly well done and unbelievably intense. I have never felt like I was in the middle of such a violent conflict before and this film just made me plunge right in the eye of the storm. The acting here is top notch and there are some pretty stunning long takes that help to really put you right in the heart of the chaos. All in all a very fine film. A gripping and very fine film indeed.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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