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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. A beautiful film, harrowing, tough and rife with grief.
  2. 100
    Takes a chaotic moment in the long history of "the Troubles" and turns it into a keening, air-clearing epic.
  3. The Wind That Shakes the Barley turns out to be a more complicated, more dramatically potent story than it appears at first. It's concerned at its core not with how bad the British were but with what the cost of dealing with them was for the Irish.
  4. That title would suit a melodrama with an emphasis on doomed love, which is not what Loach has crafted. There is a (chaste) love story and plenty of bloodletting. But what engages him and his screenwriter, Paul Laverty, is the growing tension between brother Irish rebels.
  5. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    78
    Paul Laverty's script is a masterpiece of ambivalent populism.
  6. Intermittently gripping, but overlong.
  7. Atmospheric but pedestrian, it is a retelling of the classic tragedy of all civil wars, from the U.S. to Vietnam to England, where brother is pitched against brother.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    Cilian Murphy Was AMAZING,The Whole Film Was Brilliant With Brilliant Filmmaking And Superb Acting,Mesmerizing Music,Cinematography WasCilian Murphy Was AMAZING,The Whole Film Was Brilliant With Brilliant Filmmaking And Superb Acting,Mesmerizing Music,Cinematography Was Excellent.

    Great Film

    10/10.
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  2. NeilM.
    Apr 28, 2007
    10
    One of the most powerful films ive ever seen. People unfamiliar with Irish history may be confused by the politics. Do not confuse the modern One of the most powerful films ive ever seen. People unfamiliar with Irish history may be confused by the politics. Do not confuse the modern day IRA with the one presented in the film, not the same. Loach could probably got a load of Hollywood actors to star in this one like almost all othe Irish films and the result is obvious... its REAL. Expand
  3. Alexandra
    May 6, 2007
    9
    Heartbreakingly beautiful. An extremly well done film, wonderful acting, and beautiful cinematography. I found it to be a very moving story.
  4. JoeM.
    Sep 24, 2007
    8
    A good faithful account. Some would say that the movie was boring. But they're just Americans who think that Ireland at this time was A good faithful account. Some would say that the movie was boring. But they're just Americans who think that Ireland at this time was like warfare in Iraq. Expand
  5. Nxx
    Dec 26, 2010
    7
    With Ken Loach as the driving force behind this story nascent nationhood, it's no surprise that the 'occupying force' is treated with veryWith Ken Loach as the driving force behind this story nascent nationhood, it's no surprise that the 'occupying force' is treated with very little sensitivity. But, that said, 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' spends almost equal time examining the implosion of civil war and it effects. It's both a harrowing and beautiful film to watch, with strong performances. Loach's occasional delving into improvised dialogue can sometimes come off as a little like dodgy takes, but for the most part they work here. Expand
  6. KennethC.
    May 14, 2007
    4
    I agree completely with the Doug S. review. All the raw material (good actors, good topic) is present to be a good or even great film. But it I agree completely with the Doug S. review. All the raw material (good actors, good topic) is present to be a good or even great film. But it turns out to be a boring, sloppy, not cohesive product. Expand
  7. PatG.
    Mar 23, 2007
    2
    Well--after 50 minutes of nothing but bloody beatings and shootings and close-ups of anguished, wailing women, my husband and I left the Well--after 50 minutes of nothing but bloody beatings and shootings and close-ups of anguished, wailing women, my husband and I left the theater. It was brutal. If an actual story takes place in this movie, it must be well after the first hour. Sorry. I know this subject is important, but watching that first hour was torture. Enter at your own peril. Expand

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