Peterloo Reviews

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March 25, 2021
Its dense historical narrative hinders Peterloo's watchability as a film but the events it retells are compelling ... [and] performed by a talented and wide-reaching cast.
February 10, 2021
Leigh has captured the essence of the historical moment and its enduring significance.
September 19, 2020
Compelling cinema for the discerning moviegoer.
July 30, 2020
In the end, the extensive length takes its toll until the historical narrative is no longer interesting. It's a minor Leigh movie. [Full review in Spanish]
July 25, 2020
Yes, Leigh still knows how to mount a handsome production. He just doesn't go past that here.
June 26, 2020
Among the worst and most awkward films of a terribly overrated director.
June 22, 2020
Leigh presents history as breaking news and as augury: The age of 'gilded reptiles' -- to borrow a labor agitator's characterization of the 19th-century ruling class -- is with us still.
February 11, 2020
Even when constrained by the small spaces of peasant quarters or interiors lit only by candlelight, the film is a visual achievement of beauty and authenticity.
January 8, 2020
From the thick dialects of northern England, to the period garb, to the poverty-strewn faces of the old women barking half a dozen eggs for a "penny farthing" in the market, Peterloo weaves a rich tapestry.
December 18, 2019
Riveting from start to finish.
September 27, 2019
It's talky, but a lot of the talk is quite interesting and passionate. It's sort of like being in a really good town hall meeting.
September 20, 2019
Mike Leigh's Peterloo is a rare story about the fight for a fairer democracy: one of carnage rather than triumph, one that ends with tragedy and unfinished labour rather than success and social change.
July 24, 2019
When that climax comes, helped along by a hasty reading of the riot act, ale for the troops, and the provocateuring of Home Office spies, Peterloo explodes into epic cinema-and epic rage.
July 9, 2019
Peterloo has moments of beauty... But without conflict between characters and in the minds of viewers, Peterloo fails to rise above a shiny piece of propaganda.
July 8, 2019
An epic historical film.
July 3, 2019
Peterloo is flawed but ambitious, visually impressive, immersive in its detail.
June 21, 2019
There's an emotional distance to Peterloo that often makes it seem stagey.
June 17, 2019
... dialogues, speeches, and ideas repeat to the point of making the progression of the film a burden. This is the type of film where no one in the cast really stands out.
June 15, 2019
The issue is that the people in this movie don't feel like human beings; they're walking talking Wikipedia entries.
May 30, 2019
Peterloo takes on far too much-too many characters, too many conflicting plot lines-to ever hope to have any kind of collective impact.
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