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  • Summary: This controversial and critically acclaimed film depicts the events of January 30, 1972, when 27 civilians were shot by the British army during a peaceful civil rights march. The event fueled a 25-year cycle of violence between Britain and elements of Ireland, North and South. (Paramount Classics)
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    A stunning work, revisiting controversial events with journalistic objectivity and a meticulous eye for detail.
  2. It's a mad cycle of arrogance and despair, and Bloody Sunday etches it onto your nervous system.
  3. 100
    By re-imagining a pivotal, terrible 24 hours, Greengrass has made a must-see film that is timely - and timeless.
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    The movie's searing conclusion left me numb and overwhelmed.
  5. Surges forward with barely a respite. It's like watching a propane factory burn, waiting for the tanks inside to explode, and when they do, we're right in the middle of it.
  6. 88
    Greengrass and his tremendously smart and emotionally agile lead actor, James Nesbitt, paint their portrait of a good politician without illusion or sentimentality.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The accents are thick and the soundtrack noisy, but even as the screen explodes in chaos, Greenglass maintains a solid grip on the story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. MichaelF.
    Oct 20, 2002
    John S, I got one, it's called the First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, ever heard of it? This is the most realistic film I have ever seen. It's power is so great, and to such an extent, that I couldn't help but barely hold back the tears. It reminds me of Sept 11 and is probably one of, if not the most, powerful film I've ever seen. The movie layes off the grisly images and stays on the intensity. Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2010
    Paul Greengrass captures the infamous "Bloody Sunday" massacre of 1972 with intimate close-ups and documentary-style filmmaking, giving a sense of weight and urgency to every scene. However, the lightning-fast dialogue and broad array of characters and scenarios sometimes make the movie more confusing than engaging. Expand
  3. Nov 28, 2012
    Paul Greengrass's richly affecting docudrama not only delivers a strong aesthetic and some truly lifelike performances, but it shines the proverbial spotlight upon some unquestionably important subject matter. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Sep 29, 2006
    Very blah unless perhaps you're an IRA member. Hard to understand the thick accents, as well as slow progress. Tries to give depth to characters but fails. Anti-climactic in every sense. This was a waste of my time. I only watched it as earlier in the day I saw it rated high on MetaCritic and stumbled across it on TV later that night. Expand

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