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  • Summary: In Ireland, where national pride is a passion akin to religion and romantic love, one man became a legend for his fierce devotion to his land and its independence. Liam Neeson stars as Michael Collins in a story about the real-life patriot whose bravery and unswerving dedication to the Irish people changed history as it made him into a legend. Collins' quest would bring a man raised on war into an even more dangerous battle for peace. It would cost him his life but would make him a hero for the ages. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. This is an extremely cinematic, beautifully made David Lean-type epic, helped by fluid and involving camera work by two-time Oscar-winning ("The Killing Fields," "The Mission") cinematographer Chris Menges.
  2. 88
    Putting aside all the controversy, however, viewers are left with an expertly-directed and well-acted historical epic that disappoints only in its shallow perspective of the Irish/British and Irish/Irish conflicts.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Jordan has, though, made an important film, based on the wise predication that only through understanding can come peace. And if that sounds a bit pompous, it's also a damn good trip to the flicks.
  4. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    Neeson's performance as the legendary Irishman reminds us of how large a presence the actor is: He fills up the frame with his voice, his hands, and his gestures.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    There are pain and honor in this performance, and they constantly rise up to redeem a film that is less probing, less thoughtful than its director's claims and aspirations for it.
  6. Viewers may feel let down because the depth promised by the movie's visual artistry is never quite delivered.
  7. For me, the execution of the picture is so weak, so imitative, so facile that it makes all the thematic discussion seem idle. [25 Nov 1996, Pg.30]

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  1. Jul 29, 2011
    Michael Collins Tells A Great Tale Of Irish Freedom Fighter Michael Collins Who Shook The evil english empire And Paved The Way For The Irish Freedom.

    Liam Neeson's Finest Acting Performance Till Date

    Direction,Music,Acting,Photography All Were BEYOND BRILLIANT

  2. Jul 21, 2013
    Liam Neeson's portrayal is as close to the flesh and blood of Mick Collins as our generation will ever see. Although I felt the tone overall was more romanticized than necessary, and it gives de Valera a better-than-needed portrayal, I was moved to tears by this film. Sinead O'Conner's singing of "(S)He Moved Through the Fair" was amazing as well. Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2014
    An excellent introduction to Ireland's war of independence, spanning from the Easter Rising in 1916 through to Irish Free State in 1922. The film was highly controversial in Ireland upon release, criticised by members of what had historically been the largest and supporters of Eamon DeValera (played by the unparalleled of serpentine vilains, Alan Rickman) who felt the latter was painted in an unfair light in the film, and also by those who felt the father of urban guerrilla warfare was, as he would quite probably be painted if the campaign were today, a terrorist.

    Liam Neeson gives a shining performance as "the Big Fella" though unfortunately let down by Julia Roberts whose accent is straight out of Darby O'Gill And The Little People, A superb cast of Irish actors including Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn, Sean McGinley as and Gerard McSorley as the fanatical Cathal Brugha.

    A great film for all, enjoy!