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The Journey (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Journey's narrative deficiencies undermine a powerful fact-based story, but those problems are often offset by solid work from Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall.

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A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland-- firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness-- who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history.


Timothy Spall
as Ian Paisley
Colm Meaney
as Martin McGuinness
John Hurt
as Harry Patterson
Toby Stephens
as Tony Blair

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"The Journey" has fun playing make believe, but its execution cheapens history and distills fundamental ideological differences into treacly teachable moments.

July 14, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

With precious cargo like Spall and Meaney to transport, even Freddie Highmore behind the wheel - and the occasional narrative detour - didn't give sufficient cause to incite road rage.

July 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The bit of MI-5 chicanery behind the whole plot is a tad silly, but the sparring of Spall and Meaney is just worth the 94-minute investment.

July 7, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The dialogue swings between quick and banal as the chipper McGuinness tries to crack the self-righteous stoic (Spall is brilliant) Paisley.

July 6, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Every element of the movie feels fabricated, from the stilted conversation to the all-too-convenient obstacles the movie keeps throwing in the path of progress, including a flat tire, an empty gas tank and an implausible detour to a church.

July 6, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Journey functions primarily as a hopeful story of people overcoming their differences, but it also looks at how each man rationalized his own role in the endless violence.

July 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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