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The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend's death and sets out to discover the truth.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A tougher and more genre-inspired work that we'd expect from social-realist doyen Loach."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A characteristic Loach film, a gripping conspiracy thriller not unlike Hidden Agenda, his film on the Troubles."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"You don't expect Ken Loach to make thrillers, but this one is an angry and relevant film about the perfidies embedded in the Iraq conflict."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A film that's actually about something real? Incredible, but true."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"The latest collaboration between veteran British director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty has a disappointingly routine well-worn thriller plot but they deliver it with a welcome layer of moral complexity in the end."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Although not especially revelatory, [...] Route Irish is still a success as an often troubling, occasionally thrilling and always tragic low-key drama."
‑ Tom Clift, Moviedex
"The amateur-hour acting and melodramatic, cop-out ending expose Loach's faux attempts at realism to be as phoney as anything produced in Hollywood."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"An angrier film you're unlikely to see all year."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"The film isn't a write-off, because Loach's simmering rage gives it a sporadic rawness and voltage. Sadly, it also clouds his vision."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A minor Loach work - yet there are powerful moments and valuable insights."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"An at times gripping, at times bludgeoning tale of one man's search for truth and retribution."
‑ Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
"Route Irish is a didactic thriller about the Iraq war, with wearisomely predictable villains and a profoundly unsympathetic hero."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"Emotionally engaging and superbly acted, this is a gripping, powerfully relevant and impressively directed British thriller that unfolds like a disturbingly dark detective story."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Crushingly bleak anti-drama erodes your interest with every scene."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Little White Lies
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