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Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

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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)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    100
    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
    90
    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
    70
    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. Aug 26, 2010
    8
    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
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    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

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