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The Journey Reviews

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July 21, 2017
Even if you don't know much about the Troubles, you can still admire the excellent acting in The Journey, but if you have some knowledge of the context, you'll enjoy it a lot more.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
July 14, 2017
The Journey does not claim to be historical fact, but that doesn't make the creatively intelligent fiction it muses on any less fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2017
A very entertaining, enjoyable and engrossing journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 13, 2017
Spall and Meaney are fantastic, Spall's seemingly overblown portrayal of the blustering Bible-basher Paisley more on-point than you would care to believe, with Meaney selling McGuinness as a thoroughly nice chap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 13, 2017
[A] likeably droll, if all-too-pat and unchallenging, film...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2017
Despite occasional plodding, The Journey's overall message is more important now than ever.
July 7, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 7, 2017
Although narrative contrivances seem to oversimplify the specifics, both lead actors bring depth and complexity to their roles.
July 7, 2017
It's a little heavy on exposition, and drags a bit as it goes along, but director Nick Hamm's effort makes for a thoughtful take on a pivotal moment in recent history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 7, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 6, 2017
It only works as well as it does thanks to the calibre of the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 6, 2017
While the film is undoubtedly simplistic and fictional, it speaks to high aspirations while acknowledging the messiness of politics-and because of its superlative cast, it's also great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 6, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2017
Spall and Meaney are mesmerizingly watchable in a film that's 40% gruff dialogue and 60% seething silences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 4, 2017
A witty, wickedly funny and razor sharp blend of comedy, politics and drama with fine performances by Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 29, 2017
For viewing pleasure, it's hard to beat the verbal sparring between the avuncular Meaney and a more-Wormtail-than-Wormtail Spall.
June 29, 2017
Even if the construct seems a tad forced, the winning performances make the excursion worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 25, 2017
"The Journey" never loses sight of its goal to prove, especially in the age of parasitism, that talk doesn't sway opinions --it's listening.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 23, 2017
Working with a smart, intelligent script Meany and Spall fence with one another in a way that is entirely believable. This does what movies should do; it educates and entertains at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 23, 2017
I enjoyed watching Spall and Meaney and their verbal sparring, especially over issues of note.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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