The Devil's Own
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A policeman plays Good Samaritan to a visitor from Ireland, only to discover that he has a potentially deadly secret. Belfast-born Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) saw his father gunned down by enemy soldiers at the age of eight, and when he grew up he joined the Irish Republican Army, determined that one day his father's death would be avenged. An especially ruthless "volunteer," Frankie is responsible for the death of 13 British soldiers and 11 policemen. After a particularly bloody battle, Frankie sails to the United States in a ragged tugboat he has restored; with a huge bundle of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The good news is, The Devil's Own doesn't live down to its reputation."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"What's left is a lot of moral grappling, not all of which has one iota of relevance to the plot."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Messy, but still strangely appealing"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Presents itself as being about Something Important, whereas in fact it is really about nothing very much at all."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A cobbled-together mess of conflicting tones."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Unjustly dismissed and really quite watchable, despite Brad Pitt's silly Irish accent."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Finally just another schoolmarmish prestige piece touting America's moral superiority"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"The line 'This is not an American story, it's an Irish one' means nothing ... it is a story as American as McNuggets -- all extra-crispy coating and no real meat underneath."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Revolves around two men whose passionate commitment to justice puts them on a collision course."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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