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.
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.
May 26, 2019
It's a word-heavy drama, no doubt, but those attuned to Mike Leigh's cinema of discord and working-class anger will welcome it as one of his finest works.
May 21, 2019
Still, it is a powerful, important part of anger-fueled history and is worth seeing.
May 18, 2019
Peterloo is an impressive and absorbing achievement that brings an important yet surprisingly forgotten event back into the mainstream consciousness.
May 17, 2019
This is honest storytelling, authentic and seemingly simple but extraordinarily natural and rich.
May 17, 2019
The 75-year-old British filmmaker's most ambitious work to date is also one of the most potent movies of the year.
May 16, 2019
There are enough speeches in the movie to make the film seem more curated than directed. But hang in until the third act, and you are likely to find that the lecture has a significant payoff.
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