Route Irish
Route Irish (2010)

Celebrated British filmmaker Ken Loach explore the controversies of his nation's role in the war in Iraq in this intelligent thriller. Fergus (Mark Womack) served with distinction in a British Special Forces outfit in Iraq, and after… More

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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

A tougher and more genre-inspired work that we'd expect from social-realist doyen Loach.

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Philip French
Guardian

A characteristic Loach film, a gripping conspiracy thriller not unlike Hidden Agenda, his film on the Troubles.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

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.

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Tom Clift
Moviedex

Although not especially revelatory, [...] Route Irish is still a success as an often troubling, occasionally thrilling and always tragic low-key drama.

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Alistair Harkness
Scotsman

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.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

An angrier film you're unlikely to see all year.

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

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Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo

An at times gripping, at times bludgeoning tale of one man's search for truth and retribution.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Route Irish is a didactic thriller about the Iraq war, with wearisomely predictable villains and a profoundly unsympathetic hero.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
An utterly powerful and truly explosive edge of your seat thriller. A muscular, intense, hard-boiled, intricately plotted and well character developed movie… More
Nicolas Korovessis
Ken Loach certainly knows how to make a good drama. This time around he looks at a story of a contractor returning from Iraq war, dealing with both the issues… More
Anthony Lawrie
Route Irish is regarded as the most dangerous road in the world and that is essentially where the film starts but there are many 'dangerous roads'… More
John Ballantine
Ken Loach brings us the British view of the Iraqi war..a topic done to death by the Americans. He mostly succeeds although it feels as though it could have been… More