Michael Collins Reviews

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February 1, 2019
Michael Collins really is Irish history told on a bold, sweeping, comprehensible scale; in a sense, it's almost Irish history Hollywoodised.
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.
March 28, 2010
Bad history perhaps, but Neeson's performance borders on the brilliant.
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.
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...
July 18, 2008
Neil Jordan uses very broad and movie-ish strokes to paint his portrait of the busy, eponymous hero.
June 1, 2007
Be sure to watch "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" if you watch "Michael Collins"
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.
January 23, 2006
A bold and rousing historical epic.
May 16, 2005
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.
April 3, 2005
Neeson's a force of nature in Neil Jordan's near-excellent historical epic.
December 28, 2004
Instead of being a slow, dull historical drama, it is actually an exciting action drama.
July 1, 2004
A way to relate pivotal events to an audience who probably knows little about the Irish republic's creation.
September 2, 2003
May 20, 2003
Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.
November 7, 2002
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.
August 28, 2002
Makes it clear that it is far easier to be a terrorist than to be an emissary of peace.
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.
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