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The Wind That Shakes the Barley Reviews

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Top Critic
Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
The film's stark outrage exposes the pussyfooting that these days passes for 'political'
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 9, 2008
Gripping old-fashioned political drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 27, 2007
A brutal film...deeply moving yet painful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Cabin
September 4, 2007
Ultimately, the politics outweigh the poetry ... but it succeeds despite its hesitations and far-reaching ambition
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2007
Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
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-
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
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
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
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
Shawn Levy
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
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 22, 2007
A social drama so well built that it can pump out thrills while fueling Damian's motivation.
| Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
May 15, 2007
Oh brother, where art thou politically?
| Original Score: 3/4
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