Bloody Sunday
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Paul Greengrass (The Theory of Flight) wrote and directed this powerful look at January 30, 1972 -- better known as "Bloody Sunday." Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) attempts to organize a peaceful protest after Protestant leaders imprison Catholics without a trial. His actions conflict with hard-line IRA members who have no interest in a "peaceful" response, as well as the military men responsible for keeping the peace who are led by Major General Robert Ford (Tim Pigott-Smith) and Brigadier Patrick Maclellan (Nicholas Farrell). By the end of the day, the military will fire on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"Comparisons with The Battle of Algiers are not inappropriate."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Although originally produced for British television in 2002, Paul Greengrass's vivid depiction of a violent turning point in the so-called Troubles in Northern Ireland was released in the U.S. in theaters."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Greengrass has deliberately chosen to provoke an emotional rather than intellectual response with his film -- but sometimes provocation is much preferred to the British media's maintenance of the status quo."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"As atuações viscerais e a direção pseudo-documental recriam com contudência um dos episódios mais revoltantes da história da luta irlandesa contra a dominação britânica."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Greengrass sacrifices character and plot to a chilling impressionistic stylization."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Reader
"As a terrifying example of what can happen when too many angry people are crowded into too small a space, it's a gripper."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Powerful retelling of 1972 demonstrations."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Bloody Sunday demonstrates an historical thesis formulated in retrospect, which fits oddly with Greengrass's continuous-present technique."
‑ Alan Dale,
"Captures the horrors of a civil rights march taking a wrong turn in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry on Sunday, January 30, 1972."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Watching director Paul Greengrass's explosive Bloody Sunday, you have to remind yourself at moments that you're not looking at a documentary."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"It's not just one of the best but also one of the most important films of the year."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Time has offered the Troubles perspective, investigation and pop-culture outlets (U2′s "Sunday Bloody Sunday"). But Paul Greengrass's film spoke to how reason meant absolutely nothing when rage reigned on either side of the line."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Intense and difficult, but rewarding."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is tragedy in its rawest form: bloody chaos I couldn't help but watch. . . . The tension is palpable and the brutality is immediate."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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