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The Wind That Shakes the Barley Reviews

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August 27, 2009
The film's stark outrage exposes the pussyfooting that these days passes for 'political'
August 28, 2008
Pickings must have been pretty slim at Cannes last year because Barley isn't much of a standout piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 19, 2008
Loach delivers a moving and often beautiful story that captures the essence of the conflict, with all its unintended consequences and personal tragedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 11, 2008
Loach is on fire here. A masterfully executed mix of politics and passion, this is an example of that increasingly rare beast in modern cinema: a serious, thought-provoking film for grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2008
Gripping old-fashioned political drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 27, 2007
A brutal film...deeply moving yet painful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 4, 2007
Ultimately, the politics outweigh the poetry ... but it succeeds despite its hesitations and far-reaching ambition
| Original Score: 3.5/5
August 4, 2007
Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 14, 2007
Laverty's screenplay is not a simple-minded exercise, although there is a schematic aspect to it. He and Loach want to be fair to both sides of the Irish debate ...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 21, 2007
The performances are shattering, made all the more harrowing by the situations the characters find themselves in.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 13, 2007
A film that shows the slow push for freedom as the sticky, messy and lengthy process it really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 8, 2007
the intensity of Murphy and Delaney's performances is shattering... 'Wind' never loses sight of the fact that sometimes a victim's wounds may be invisible to the eye, but every bit as painful as a stabbing...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2007
There are moments that stir, and it's always lovely, but it's generally too remote to gain hold of you truly.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 25, 2007
While the film has its share of exciting battle scenes, Loach captures them with an almost detached, documentary-like feeling, as if not wanting the thrills to overwhelm the essential tragedy he sees in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2007
Loach remains focused on the personal, which serves best to highlight the seriousness of the political with which it intersects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 24, 2007
Director Ken Loach borrows the title of his 1920s Irish insurrection drama "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" from a Robert Dwyer Joyce poem, and, in turn, his film is visual poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2007
A social drama so well built that it can pump out thrills while fueling Damian's motivation.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2007
A scenic bit of agitprop that can be as easy on the eyes as it is soft on the ear, even when it's being harshly argued and violently portrayed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2007
Oh brother, where art thou politically?
| Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2007
"The Wind That Shakes the Barley" has a sober, authentic, down-to-earth feel to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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