Shadow Dancer
Shadow Dancer (2013)

Single mother Collette McVeigh is a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Mac) offers her a choice: lose everything… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 20, 2013
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tense, thought-provoking thriller, Shadow Dancer is bolstered by sensitive direction from James Marsh and a terrific performance from Andrea Riseborough.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The film relies on terse dialogue and boggy colors to create an atmosphere dense with anxiety -- all well handled by director James March.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

[Riseborough's] work is indrawn and riveting. It's hard to read the look in her eye, but we never stop trying.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Plays slyly with noir; adroitly twists and turns away from easy expectations in its final minutes. This thriller's got one sharp, savage ending. Marsh takes a black-eyed stare out from the gravestone-gray, waning days of the Troubles.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A respectable political/psychological suspenser, but not a wildly entertaining or enjoyable one.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This British thriller by James Marsh is a little too neatly scripted and tightly edited for my taste, but there are galvanizing performances from Andrea Riseborough... and Clive Owen.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A grim but measured and intelligent art-house slow-burner.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A tautly minimalist, occasionally generic study of betrayal and family ties.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

These are characters for whom true belief in a cause has probably become impossible; they know how much that costs. Marsh does a compelling job of illustrating that for the rest of us.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The acting in this film is very good. The plot is lean and powerful. It is pretty depressing, but it seems true enough in its depiction of this troubled period of history.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A captured IRA operative must decide to cooperate with a MI5 officer and betray her family or risk imprisonment. A slow, stolid, essentially British film,… More
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'Shadow Dancer'. A solid thriller centred around sacrifice, set against the bleakness of the IRA. Andrea Riseborough captivates all the way.
Carlos Magalh„es
An uninteresting drama that lacks any surprises and whose bland approach makes it emotionally distant and boring, with a plot that drags, characters who are… More
Liam Gadd
The latest film from James Marsh (one of the most promising directors working today in my opinion) is not one for the average moviegoer. Like one of my… More
Dan Schultz
A slow-paced, though effective look at a member of the IRA (Andrea Riseborough) and how she is forced into a deal with a sympathetic MI5 agent (Clive Owen) to… More
The Movie Waffler
The only commendable aspect of documentarian turned narrative film-maker Marsh's latest is Riseborough's lead performance. She's brilliant as the… More