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The Wind That Shakes the Barley Reviews

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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
April 27, 2007
As frequently happens in both Loach films and history, the betrayal of ideals, socialist and otherwise, leaves a harsh aftertaste, which made me feel sadder but not much wiser.
April 5, 2007
Will only satisfy anyone whose preferred source of entertainment is watching A&E.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2007
As a document of the shape of political thought, the film is successful; but as a living, beating heart about a populace living through a time of upheaval and confusion, it's mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 3, 2007
This history lesson about Ireland's struggle for independence diffuses the drama under the weight of detail, length and commitment to a one-sided agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 24, 2006
Beautifully made it may be, but The Wind is a movie that engages the head while never troubling the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2006
The film increasingly short-changes the personal for the sake of the political, despite powerful scenes and another impressive performance from Cillian Murphy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 18, 2006
Atmospheric but pedestrian.
March 15, 2007
'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' descends to more Old Sod cinecliché than Titanic's belowdecks.
March 17, 2007
This dramatization of Ireland's early struggles for independence falls short of a certain originality or flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
May 18, 2006
[The film] lacks the involving sweep of Loach's earlier historical-political yarn, Land and Freedom.
March 8, 2007
It's a dissertation, not a story.
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
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
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-
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
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
August 27, 2009
The film's stark outrage exposes the pussyfooting that these days passes for 'political'
March 20, 2007
Great film. Ken Loach is such an important filmmaker, he's made so many great films over the years, and it's great to see another director, like Eastwood and so many others in his 70's, who continues to be at the top of his game.
March 16, 2007
A passionate and pitiless piece of work that fails only near the end when its internal political dogmatism outstrips and undercuts the story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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