Shadow Dancer Reviews

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August 13, 2019
The story itself seems to seep out of its own dank air of repression, and the claustrophobic atmosphere makes tangible how dangerous the lives are for all the participants.
June 22, 2019
It's a well-crafted thriller, and Marsh does an effective job showing how, on both sides of the law, trust is the hardest thing to find.
February 2, 2019
Likely to be one of the year's best thrillers, Marsh's latest is a beautifully composed, wonderfully acted and thoroughly engrossing film.
November 12, 2018
The taut political suspense thriller Shadow Dancer spins a tale of terrorism that works fabulously on the nerves...smart and resourceful enough to play its conflicting confines as sedate yet edgy with underlying tension and betrayal.
December 27, 2013
Plays slyly with noir; adroitly twists and turns away from easy expectations in its final minutes. This thriller's got one sharp, savage ending. Marsh takes a black-eyed stare out from the gravestone-gray, waning days of the Troubles.
December 16, 2013
A grim but measured and intelligent art-house slow-burner.
November 19, 2013
The acting in this film is very good. The plot is lean and powerful. It is pretty depressing, but it seems true enough in its depiction of this troubled period of history.
November 4, 2013
By the end, the film shows not only the power of this influence but also its terrible price in an often merciless conflict.
September 3, 2013
Despite solid performances, a slow first half takes away from this otherwise effective drama about an IRA sympathizer whose life becomes more complicated after she's coerced into spying for MI-5.
July 22, 2013
The film relies on terse dialogue and boggy colors to create an atmosphere dense with anxiety -- all well handled by director James March.
June 27, 2013
It's absorbing, intelligent and sad.
June 14, 2013
Themes ripped from today's headlines lend "The Troubles" of Northern Ireland very tense, sobering, contemporary immediacy. . . Riseborough [is] mesmerizing at first sight.
June 14, 2013
A tautly minimalist, occasionally generic study of betrayal and family ties.
June 13, 2013
[Director James Marsh] shows a deft hand with his actors and elicits a notable performance from [Andrea] Riseborough. The production is straightforward on all fronts and catches the bleakness hovering above Belfast under siege.
June 13, 2013
[Riseborough's] work is indrawn and riveting. It's hard to read the look in her eye, but we never stop trying.
June 13, 2013
This British thriller by James Marsh is a little too neatly scripted and tightly edited for my taste, but there are galvanizing performances from Andrea Riseborough... and Clive Owen.
June 13, 2013
These are characters for whom true belief in a cause has probably become impossible; they know how much that costs. Marsh does a compelling job of illustrating that for the rest of us.
June 6, 2013
Marsh focuses this slowly simmering drama on more universal themes of family, betrayal and decisions that people make that are both right and wrong at the same time.
June 2, 2013
a potent, ultimately disheartening slow-burn drama
June 1, 2013
So many situations and plot points seem too sketchy here, but the two main characters manage to intrigue us, thanks to Andrea Riseborough and Clive Owen.
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