Michael Collins
Michael Collins (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.

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Film4

Bad history perhaps, but Neeson's performance borders on the brilliant.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

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...

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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."

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Neil Jordan uses very broad and movie-ish strokes to paint his portrait of the busy, eponymous hero.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
A sweeping and passionate epic of extroadinary power. It was as rousing, as brave, as strong and heartfelt as Braveheart. A true stand-tall classic. A… More
AJ Verser
Although the actors are great, and do a good job, you really need to understand the issues in this story to understand the movie. It's based on real… More
Anthony Lawrie
A brave, bold and fair portrayal of a very controversial historical figure - he isn't held in high regard by many but he is a very influential character in… More
Derek Daniels
I am still holding out some faith that at some point in time a movie will be made concerning Ireland that will NOT include the Irish carbombing the hell out of… More
Reid Volk
Pretty good, but for such a man of passionate, a lot of the film felt rather vapid. Maybe Aiden Quinn hung around the set too long and depressed everyone. It… More
xGary Xx
Michael Collins was a pivotal figure in Irish history, and this is a brave attempt to represent a story rarely attempted in mass media by Neil Jordan. Collins… More

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