Incendiary Reviews

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February 10, 2019
Director Sharon Maguire, who also wrote the screenplay, has taken a story that could be set nowhere but London and made its people behave like anything but the English.
December 20, 2018
Based on Chris Cleave's vastly superior novel...
April 4, 2011
July 2, 2009
If a member of cast could save a film, Michelle Williams would be the person to hire, since her central performance in this muddle of a movie is the only thing that stops it being unwatchable.
May 1, 2009
a well-made film featuring good actors and which tells an intimate story, but which tries to do too much and collapses under the weight of its own aspirations
October 24, 2008
It's an atmospheric drama and a strong turn from Williams, but doesn't tell us anything about ourselves or the terrorists that we didn't already know.
October 24, 2008
It ends up being a compendium of bizarre diversions, most of which are utterly surplus to the film's half-cocked desire to stick with the experience and emotions of its main character.
October 24, 2008
A promising opening and a stunning performance from Michelle Williams are not enough to rescue a film that jumps restlessly from genre to genre without doing justice to any of its individual stories.
October 24, 2008
The movie plunges straight down that treacherous black hole that exists between fact and fiction and the inability to replicate either.
October 24, 2008
A big-hearted, well-intentioned but ultimately overstretched adaptation.
October 24, 2008
London is bombed and contrives to be less recognisable than it's ever been on film, full of people who don't look, act or even speak like Londoners.
October 24, 2008
Bridget Jones's (Incend)Diary, Maguire is to be commended for attempting a contemporary terrorist drama, but seems more comfortable in the big-knickered North London fantasy world.
October 24, 2008
By then, Incendiary has become a tear-stained monologue about bereavement and resilience - it goes off with a bang, but ends with a whimper.
October 24, 2008
Were it not for Williams's Oscar-quality performance, all the more remarkable for the shambolic incompetence that surrounds her, this would be a turkey.
October 24, 2008
It's only Williams who gives the film any life but, in the face of these odds, even she's helpless to save it from a one-star rating.
October 24, 2008
A silly tale involving an unbelievably young top anti-terror cop, an unrealistic journalist, laughable imaginary letters to Bin Laden and a far-fetched friendship between the mum and the bomber's son.
October 24, 2008
Michelle Williams is a fine and versatile actor but even she has her limits and is never really convincing as a working-class Londoner struggling with guilt and grief.
October 24, 2008
After that, clich piles upon clich, interspersed with moments of wild unreality and some ill-thought out conspiracy theory. It makes you feel embarrassed for everyone involved.
October 24, 2008
The story is far-fetched and exploitative and the awkward dialogue is frequently laughable. But committed acting, cast chemistry and the odd touching moment just about save you from checking whether this was actually produced by Bernard Matthews.
October 24, 2008
While individual scenes work well, the whole simply defies belief. And, because of this, the final polemic which suggests that London, constantly renewing itself, will never be defeated, simply appears hopelessly sentimental.
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