Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. An epic about the Irish patriot (Liam Neeson) during the last years of his life (1916-'22), it clearly represents a lot of thought on Jordan's part, yet it's dramatic and cinematic sludge.
  2. 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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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!
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  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. Full Review »
  3. 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

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