Bloody Sunday
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A depiction of the events of the infamous bloody massacre which took place Sunday on January 30, 1972 when 27 civilians were gunned down by the British Army in the streets of Northern Ireland. The story revolves around two young men who are caught up in the crossfire. One is an idealistic civil rights leader, and the other a teenage Catholic boy. Witness testimony contradicts the official findings of the government-sponsored investigation committee, which, in the first few months following the tragedy, cleared the British Army of any wrongdoing. The events fueled a 25-year cycle of violence… 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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