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Shadow Dancer Reviews

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May 27, 2013
Devoid of extended tension or even an emotionally robust climax to justify the deliberate stride Marsh employs, Shadow Dancer rings hollow even while all the pieces seem so substantial when singled out.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 30, 2013
with characters this underdeveloped, all the explosions in the world wouldn't be enough
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 31, 2013
The movie runs into the same problem all stories like this do: Generally, audiences don't like snitches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 12, 2012
The film hardly seems like more than an exercise: the plot wraps up neatly but the emotional significance of a key revelation is barely explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 30, 2013
The character mechanics ... leave the viewer always feeling a step ahead of the story and its too-late-to-excite twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
February 10, 2012
Noxious, reactionary and unashamedly pro-British to a startling degree.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 23, 2012
A thriller needs to thrill, and this one doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 28, 2013
There's slow-burning, and then there's simply slow; the difference between the two has never been so apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 29, 2013
The movie eventually wafts into a detective story, which would be doubly effective if only we could hack our way through the thickly coated Irish brogues that render so much of the dialogue incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 30, 2013
Riseborough once again transforms herself dramatically, expanding her role as best she can. But neither the hesitant script - adapted by Tom Bradby from his own novel - nor the sluggish tempo give her enough support.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2013
The only poetry in this harsh film is in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2013
Dead-serious but also rather deadly is this IRA thriller, too intent on being portentous rather than riveting.
June 27, 2013
A respectable political/psychological suspenser, but not a wildly entertaining or enjoyable one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
May 31, 2013
By keeping politics in the background and emphasizing more than a few tenuous relationships, he allows the conflict, mistrust, and dishonesty in both Collette's and Mac's camps to come through without taking sides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2012
...a slow burning and engrossing film that demonstrates the morally caustic nature of terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2013
A solemn, fatalistic drama about familial responsibility and the neverending cycle of selfishness and violence.
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
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