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Set in Belfast in 1980 where the Irish Republican Army is waging an all-out insurgent war against the British occupation, Martin McGartland is a young small-time Belfast hustler recruited by a wily British intelligence agent to infiltrate the IRA. Martin quickly uses his natural instincts as a con man to get inside the IRA and starts feeding information to the British, saving hundreds of lives in the process. But with each successful mission, Martin becomes increasingly in danger of being caught and exposed. The IRA is ruthless, and once an infiltrator has been exposed he becomes a "dead… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jim Sturgess makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too actorly as his handler."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A streamlined, adrenalized thriller that is not as deep as it would like to appear, treads a retrospective political tightrope."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A 'war on terror' thriller set in Ireland? Surprisingly, it works."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Although the ranks of great IRA films are swelling rapidly this combination of political history and mystery suspense masterwork is one of the best."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Move over Donnie Brasco. Fifty Dead Men Walking is going to put Jim Sturgess, best known for crooning in Across the Universe, on the acting map."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Skogland is a crisp and efficient storyteller. She keeps the players vivid and relatively honest, and never shies away from the brutalities."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Fifty Dead Men Walking provides another example of what happens when mediocre moviemaking meets an interesting life."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Despite trying a little too hard to be cool and edgy, this is nevertheless an entertaining thriller with a decent twist."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Conventional modes of representation hamper Fifty Dead Men Walking and its look at a subject that demands a fresher point of view."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"Suspenseful thriller about divided loyalties and tensions of a double agent in his own home, informing on those he has known since childhood, but without political context."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs, spontaneous riots -- is what's genuinely gripping."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"What makes Fifty Dead Men work is the story's sheer moral complexity, which dares viewers to sympathize with anyone onscreen for more than a few minutes at a time."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"One of the more absorbing and riveting portraits of The Troubles since 1993's In the Name of the Father."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A viscerally intense, gripping and character-driven thriller filled with pulse-pounding action, strong performances and stylish, gritty cinematography."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Impressively compact in its storytelling and visually sumptuous despite a budget of pocket-change proportions."
‑ Ryan Stewart, Slant Magazine
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