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The Journey Reviews

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October 11, 2017
Spall doesn't have the physical size to totally convince as Paisley but Meaney is terrific as McGuinness, and while the end result is both wordy and not always believable, I found it fascinating and deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2017
There is no political urgency, but the premise of the meeting is simplified in a complacent narrative with solvent protagonists. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 5, 2017
A film pleasing and suitable for all tastes, timid in its revisionist observations of history and full of a manipulative emotional load. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2017
The Journey offers moments of humor and waltzes of grace and anger in a film of an imagined journey.
August 10, 2017
The message is clear. If these two bitter foes can achieve some kind of common ground, maybe there is hope for the other trouble spots in the world.
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
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