Peterloo Reviews

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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.
June 21, 2019
There's an emotional distance to Peterloo that often makes it seem stagey.
May 21, 2019
Still, it is a powerful, important part of anger-fueled history and is worth seeing.
May 17, 2019
As the overlong (2 1/2 hours plus) film drags on you get the numbing feeling that Loach would have done it all much better, more economically and with more passion.
May 16, 2019
Crucial to Leigh's very British notion of democracy is a commitment to showing people as they really are -- or as he sees them, in all their knobbly imperfections. Crucial, too, is the fact that even an epic like Peterloo remains a film without heroes.
May 16, 2019
Once again, the director proves himself to be a master of basic human conflict, on whatever scale is necessary.
April 19, 2019
A bit of ruthlessness in editing - a good hour or so - would certainly make "Peterloo" a better film.
April 18, 2019
There's a universality to the issues "Peterloo" explores. And, once you get through all the speechmaking, it provides an emotional kick that will resonate anywhere.
April 18, 2019
There's a clumsy didacticism that might work better if he didn't run through dozens of superficially sketched characters.
April 17, 2019
"Peterloo" takes its time, giving us little by way of explanation and grounding but creating, in its bits and pieces, a vivid and coherent world.
April 15, 2019
Leigh's bland images are solely illustrative, and his loving depiction of workers might embarrass a Soviet-era propagandist; he seems so stirred by their speeches that he forgets to craft characters...
April 11, 2019
The film looks fantastic, as Leigh and cinematographer Dick Pope advance a painterly aesthetic even richer than the one they created in Mr. Turner.
April 10, 2019
Dialogue explaining what the Corn Laws are or the meaning of habeas corpus is presumably not the product of long periods of intense rehearsal.
April 10, 2019
I learned things while sitting in the audience and that's a claim I rarely make about any motion picture circa 2019.
April 10, 2019
[R]ather than a fine-tuned excavation, "Peterloo" unfurls like a grandiose pageant, in which Leigh's usual gifts for illuminating human behavior at its most intimate and universal are sacrificed to expository set pieces and long, windy speeches.
April 10, 2019
Does every landowner and politician have to be either comically inept as if out of a Monty Python piece or so villainous that all that's missing is a Snidely Whiplash mustache? Does every working-class person have to have this pained, oppressed look?
April 8, 2019
Mike Leigh, in his latest film Peterloo, painstakingly recaptures this enormous event in a historical epic that quietly revitalizes the genre.
April 5, 2019
What [Leigh] is digging at, under a remarkably convincing recreation of 1819 England and the nascent reform movement of early 19th-century Britain, is both the brutality and the self-righteousness exhibited by the haves, when the have-nots ask for more.
April 5, 2019
Peterloois a difficult film to cozy up to, especially when you know the fate of the central characters. It succeeds more as a historical treatise than as a piece of entertainment.
April 5, 2019
Difficult to experience though its finale may be, "Peterloo" very much gives off the sense that watching is essential.
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