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A woman wrestles with grief, betrayal and redemption in this psychological drama from director Sharon Maguire. One afternoon, a young woman (Michelle Williams) sends her husband and young son off to see a football game, and while they're gone for the afternoon she enjoys a tryst with her lover (Ewan McGregor), an opportunistic reporter. While the woman is making love to another man, she hears a news report that a suicide bomber made their way into the stadium, and that hundreds of people are dead. The woman is horrified to learn that her husband and child were among the victims, and as she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

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"It ends up being a compendium of bizarre diversions, most of which are utterly surplus to the film's half-cocked desire to stick with the experience and emotions of its main character."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"If a member of cast could save a film, Michelle Williams would be the person to hire, since her central performance in this muddle of a movie is the only thing that stops it being unwatchable."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"A promising opening and a stunning performance from Michelle Williams are not enough to rescue a film that jumps restlessly from genre to genre without doing justice to any of its individual stories."
‑ Jamie McLeish, Film4
"London is bombed and contrives to be less recognisable than it's ever been on film, full of people who don't look, act or even speak like Londoners."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Were it not for Williams's Oscar-quality performance, all the more remarkable for the shambolic incompetence that surrounds her, this would be a turkey."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"Aspires to so much it ends up being less than the sum of its parts."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"a well-made film featuring good actors and which tells an intimate story, but which tries to do too much and collapses under the weight of its own aspirations"
‑ Jason McKiernan,
"The movie plunges straight down that treacherous black hole that exists between fact and fiction and the inability to replicate either."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Bridget Jones's (Incend)Diary, Maguire is to be commended for attempting a contemporary terrorist drama, but seems more comfortable in the big-knickered North London fantasy world."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"It's only Williams who gives the film any life but, in the face of these odds, even she's helpless to save it from a one-star rating."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Michelle William's riveting performance as the young mother makes it imminently watchable."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"It's an atmospheric drama and a strong turn from Williams, but doesn't tell us anything about ourselves or the terrorists that we didn't already know."
‑ William Thomas, Empire Magazine
"A big-hearted, well-intentioned but ultimately overstretched adaptation."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"By then, Incendiary has become a tear-stained monologue about bereavement and resilience - it goes off with a bang, but ends with a whimper."
‑ Chris Hicks, Total Film
"A silly tale involving an unbelievably young top anti-terror cop, an unrealistic journalist, laughable imaginary letters to Bin Laden and a far-fetched friendship between the mum and the bomber's son."
‑ , Sun Online
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