The Shadow of Violence Reviews

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April 30, 2020
What starts off as something rather predictable ends far more emotionally than anyone could have imagined and it's down to Jarvis' great performance.
April 27, 2020
Calm With Horses boasts an extraordinarily contained central performance from Jarvis, and a strong sense of place that brings new, real tensions to old gangland tropes. This Irish noir is an arrestingly assured debut for Rowland.
April 27, 2020
Calm With Horses is a hugely impressive directorial debut from Nick Rowland. Adapted by Joesph Murtaugh from a short story by Colin Barrett, this Irish crime drama packs a serious punch which vigorously pulls the viewer into its world.
April 21, 2020
Calm With Horses is spare, savage and beautiful with much to admire. The flimsy story may be a tale as old as time but its tellers make it well worth yours.
April 16, 2020
It's Jarvis whose potential star power leaps out at you.
March 19, 2020
Rowland has created an impressively spooky version of County Nowhere in this tense, well-acted variation on a Colin Barrett story about mad hoodlums.
March 19, 2020
It struggles with its ending, but it earns a lot of credit before then.
March 16, 2020
Inspired use of location and strong performances all round, from Jarvis and Algar especially, but the relentlessly bleak tone and sense of hopelessness make for a dispiriting watch.
March 16, 2020
The direction, by the novice Nick Rowland, is assured. You've seen it before. But not like this.
March 16, 2020
Rowland keeps the story rolling along compellingly, and though there's some brutal violence, this is as classy a low-budget crime drama as I've seen for some time - bleak, harrowing, but also surprisingly tender and, once or twice, very funny.
March 16, 2020
This is a promising debut by Rowland.
March 15, 2020
This is an assured and intriguing debut feature that suggests there's plenty more to come from Rowland. I'll be first in line to see what he does next.
March 15, 2020
An immersive tale of tortured masculinity and divided loyalties that pulls the viewer right into the raging bull mindset of its haunted protagonist.
March 13, 2020
Relentlessly bleak Irish crime drama Calm with Horses offers very little that hasn't been seen before in countless films about troubled young men caught in inescapable cycles of violence.
March 13, 2020
THIS visceral and compelling crime drama makes you wince at the brutal violence on display - and introduces you to a future megastar.
March 13, 2020
The strength of the film lies in its quietness when it concentrates on character dynamics. The plot feels a tad predictable and portrays a world of thuggery that cinema has tackled many times before.
March 12, 2020
Gritty Irish drama doesn't shy away from violence; drug use.
March 12, 2020
Lots of little worthwhile elements, mainly performances from Cosmo Jarvis and Niamh Algar.
March 12, 2020
Jarvis is a compelling presence onscreen, bringing a clumsy warmth and innocence to his role, so that even as he beats men to a pulp, you're rooting for him to escape his no-exit existence.
March 11, 2020
Keoghan and Algar are excellent, Jarvis a sad-eyed revelation.
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