Michael Collins
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The rise and fall of one of the most important and controversial figures in Ireland's struggle for independence is chronicled in this biographical drama. In 1916, the British government ruled Ireland with a firm and cruel hand, as they had for 700 years. When a group of Irish rebels staged a six-day siege at Dublin's General Post Office, only one of the leaders was able to escape execution -- Eamon De Valera (Alan Rickman), an American citizen of Irish blood. A number of De Valera's followers are sent to prison, and one of them, Michael Collins (Liam Neeson), walked out of jail… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are pain and honor in [Neeson's] performance, and they constantly rise up to redeem a film that is less probing, less thoughtful than its director's claims and aspirations for it."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Bad history perhaps, but Neeson's performance borders on the brilliant."
‑ , Film4
"Be sure to watch "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" if you watch "Michael Collins""
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Neeson's a force of nature in Neil Jordan's near-excellent historical epic."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Intelligent, enormously accomplished and seriously problematic, Neil Jordan's ambitious account of the activities of arguably the central figure in Ireland's painful, bloody fight for independence from the British Empire has a great deal to offer..."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"While the film is unflinching in its depiction of the brutality of both the English and the Irish, Jordan pointedly dissociates his hero from any actual ugliness."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A bold and rousing historical epic."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Instead of being a slow, dull historical drama, it is actually an exciting action drama."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Jordan always had 6-foot-4 Liam Neeson in mind to play the man they called "the Big Fellow," and it's more than size that makes Neeson fit the part of a leader known for his "cloudburst temperament.""
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Neil Jordan uses very broad and movie-ish strokes to paint his portrait of the busy, eponymous hero."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"An intellectually well thought out work that presents the events of those turbulent days in Irish history with clear, vivid reality, from costumes to sets to location."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A way to relate pivotal events to an audience who probably knows little about the Irish republic's creation."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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