Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 88
    Greengrass and his tremendously smart and emotionally agile lead actor, James Nesbitt, paint their portrait of a good politician without illusion or sentimentality.
  2. 88
    The film is conducted in a delirious cinema-verite style; most of what you see has a brutal, you-are-there immediacy. You're not merely watching history, you're engulfed by it.
  3. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    The movie's searing conclusion left me numb and overwhelmed.
  4. 88
    One view of what happened that day, a very effective one. And as an act of filmmaking, it is superb: A sense of immediate and present reality permeates every scene.
  5. 100
    By re-imagining a pivotal, terrible 24 hours, Greengrass has made a must-see film that is timely - and timeless.
  6. Amazingly, almost every note of every performance in Bloody Sunday rings true.
  7. It's a mad cycle of arrogance and despair, and Bloody Sunday etches it onto your nervous system.
  8. 90
    A scrupulously even-handed account, free of ideological or tribal partisanship, based on eyewitness accounts by survivors and the anonymous "Paras" themselves.
  9. Once positions hardened, tragedy was all but inevitable, and Bloody Sunday" does the spirit of that awful day full and unforgettable justice.
  10. 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.
  11. The most visceral and cumulatively powerful account of civil war since Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers."
  12. 88
    An astonishing re-creation of the Londonderry massacre of January 1972.
  13. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Brings history to life with an uncanny sense of realism.
  14. A bracing, unblinking work that serves as a painful elegy and sobering cautionary tale.
  15. 91
    It's raw, visceral stuff that precious few movies are capable of equaling.
  16. A great achievement: tense and passionate, a film that one feels not just emotionally but also physically.
  17. There's no denying the skill and flair with which director Paul Greengrass has restaged this unhappy event, creating an uncanny sense of immediacy and allowing us to be a fly on the wall at a seminal '70s tragedy.
  18. 90
    The level of accomplishment in the filmmaking is overwhelming.
  19. 100
    For the viewer, the miracle of Bloody Sunday is that firm moral judgment can exist side by side with a wild and bitter exhilaration in the sheer physicality of violence. [7 Oct 2002, p. 108]
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    A stunning work, revisiting controversial events with journalistic objectivity and a meticulous eye for detail.
  21. 90
    Bloody Sunday doesn't surrender its grip on the viewer even after the action shifts from the streets of Bogside to a local hospital where the weeping masses are still under the guns of the war-painted British soldiers.
  22. 100
    An extraordinary film ... that's impossible to dismiss or leave unmoved.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Oct 19, 2014
    This is by far the best real-life-tragedy-turned-into-film I have ever seen. With a stunningly realistic scenery and acting I totally forgot I was watching a movie. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »