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Michael Collins Reviews

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
March 3, 2016
[Neeson] is superb as the principled, steely yet romantic action hero of Neil Jordan's film, which has been re-released for the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

March 28, 2010
Bad history perhaps, but Neeson's performance borders on the brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
March 28, 2010
While the film is unflinching in its depiction of the brutality of both the English and the Irish, Jordan pointedly dissociates his hero from any actual ugliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 28, 2010
There are pain and honor in [Neeson's] performance, and they constantly rise up to redeem a film that is less probing, less thoughtful than its director's claims and aspirations for it.
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Todd McCarthy
January 23, 2009
Intelligent, enormously accomplished and seriously problematic, Neil Jordan's ambitious account of the activities of arguably the central figure in Ireland's painful, bloody fight for independence from the British Empire has a great deal to offer...
Rob Gonsalves
July 18, 2008
Neil Jordan uses very broad and movie-ish strokes to paint his portrait of the busy, eponymous hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
June 1, 2007
Be sure to watch "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" if you watch "Michael Collins"
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
A bold and rousing historical epic.
| Original Score: 8/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
An intellectually well thought out work that presents the events of those turbulent days in Irish history with clear, vivid reality, from costumes to sets to location.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Neeson's a force of nature in Neil Jordan's near-excellent historical epic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
December 28, 2004
Instead of being a slow, dull historical drama, it is actually an exciting action drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
A way to relate pivotal events to an audience who probably knows little about the Irish republic's creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dragan Antulov
May 6, 2003
Michael Collins is more-or-less accurate, but being accurate and giving a complete picture of the Irish Troubles are two different things.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Mr. Neeson's performance is matched by the finely detailed look and feel of Mr. Jordan's direction, and the melancholy Dublin he has re-created.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Makes it clear that it is far easier to be a terrorist than to be an emissary of peace.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph McBride
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Liam Neeson is perfectly cast as the man known to his comrades as "The Big Fellow," a charming ladies' man whose ruthless guerrilla tactics blended with altruism and a fervent love of country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Liam Neeson as Collins gives an Oscar-caliber performance as well this Belfast-born man might.
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