Peterloo (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Peterloo proves writer-director Mike Leigh's populist anger remains undimmed - but that righteous fury occasionally overpowers the narrative.

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Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.

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You can feel Leigh's fury glowering off the screen through the entire last act, but that fury does the film and the filmmaker little service.

Sep 8, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
indieWire
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Those with the patience and attention span are rewarded; the last 30 minutes is perhaps the most visceral filmmaking Leigh has ever pulled off...

Sep 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The authenticity is immersive, even if the historical exposition occasionally feels like prep for an exam no one's warned you about.

Sep 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Leigh's passion for the material seems to have led him to approach it from an angle more pedagogic than artistic.

Sep 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a stately, explicitly rhetorical paean to the people - setting the past in stone while also lashing out at a present-day political order.

Sep 1, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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It is beautifully shot and the costume department have a real eye for detail... but despite the sheer drama of these historical events and their relevance to today's fractured world, Peterloo fails to ignite real passion and anger.

Nov 7, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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