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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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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6)

The men's meeting serves the cause of Irish reunification, but the movie itself never coheres into anything believable.

June 16, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The real-life version of how these two mortal enemies became so close that they were referred to in the press as 'The Chuckle Brothers' is way more interesting than the 'imagined' version presented in the film.

June 16, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Though the script tilts to the didactic, the performances are absolutely delicious, with Mr. Meaney droll and understated and Mr. Spall fiery and derisive, yet not above a joke.

June 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The Journey ponders nothing less than the intractability of political violence. Which means it's pertinent far beyond Belfast.

June 15, 2017 | Full Review…
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The film is buoyed by its sharp, witty lead performances, with Spall's holier-than-thou imperiousness clashing suitably with Meaney's more affable obstinacy.

June 14, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a movie that follows every trope in the book, and does so with pleasing fireworks and finesse.

September 7, 2016 | Full Review…

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