The Wind That Shakes the Barley
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007)

Ireland 1919: workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless 'Black and Tan' squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland's bid for independence. Driven by a deep… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 4, 2007
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bleak and uncompromising, but director Ken Loach brightens his film with gorgeous cinematography and tight pacing, and features a fine performance from Cillian Murphy.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

[Loach] has made an often handsome, always sobering movie that does what the best movies do: leave us a whole lot less sure about what we ought to think.

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The film's stark outrage exposes the pussyfooting that these days passes for 'political'

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The Wind that Shakes the Barley is a multi-layered story, and the more you see those different aspects, the more you'll enjoy the film.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

[Loach is] the master of the docu-drama or the realist social film, and Wind is one of his masterpieces.

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Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

Pickings must have been pretty slim at Cannes last year because Barley isn't much of a standout piece.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Raises hard questions about Ireland's uncanny ability to kneecap itself.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

As frequently happens in both Loach films and history, the betrayal of ideals, socialist and otherwise, leaves a harsh aftertaste, which made me feel sadder but not much wiser.

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Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

Loach delivers a moving and often beautiful story that captures the essence of the conflict, with all its unintended consequences and personal tragedies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A pair of working class Irish brothers are caught up in the troubles during the social upheaval caused by the fight for independence in 1920. Set during the… More
Anthony Lawrie
Historical films are to be approached with caution these days but in Loach you can trust. This is an uncomfortable but balanced history lesson, never really… More
Reid Volk
This film tackles head on the all-consuming power of an idea and the evolving nature of that idea in the face of reality. Like other films about the liberation… More
familiar stranger
This one was a let down. I've seen many such stories of revolutionaries (replace Irish by Indians) fighting against British, and compared to them, this… More
Dan Schultz
A well-done, powerful story concerning the battle for Ireland amongst the IRA (led by Cillian Murphy) against the power-hungry British during the 1920's.… More
Stella Dallas
fine acting and beautiful cinematography in this drama of the early years of the irish republican army. english director ken loach makes his sympathies known… More

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