Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday (2002)

A depiction of the events of the infamous bloody massacre which took place Sunday on January 30, 1972 when 27 civilians were gunned down by the British Army in the streets of Northern Ireland. The story revolves around two young men who are… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bloody Sunday powerfully recreates the events of that day with startling immediacy.

Scott Foundas


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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Comparisons with The Battle of Algiers are not inappropriate.

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Cole Smithey

Although originally produced for British television in 2002, Paul Greengrass's vivid depiction of a violent turning point in the so-called Troubles in Northern Ireland was released in the U.S. in theaters.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Reader

Greengrass sacrifices character and plot to a chilling impressionistic stylization.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

As a terrifying example of what can happen when too many angry people are crowded into too small a space, it's a gripper.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Powerful retelling of 1972 demonstrations.

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David Ansen

Watching director Paul Greengrass's explosive Bloody Sunday, you have to remind yourself at moments that you're not looking at a documentary.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's not just one of the best but also one of the most important films of the year.

Nick Rogers

Time has offered the Troubles perspective, investigation and pop-culture outlets (U2′s "Sunday Bloody Sunday"). But Paul Greengrass's film spoke to how reason meant absolutely nothing when rage reigned on either side of the line.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Interesting account of what happened on this tragic day. Not sure which side is telling the truth, but it is quite clear that things got way out of control.… More
xGary Xx
The true story of one of the most pivotal and shameful events during the troubles of Northern Ireland when the occupying British army opened fire on unarmed… More
familiar stranger
Felt it a bit lengthy, but otherwise incredible. Of course I was never aware of such historical incident. But that's no news, is it? However, I found it a… More
Jani H
"All over this city tonight, young men... boys will be joining the IRA, and you will reap a whirlwind" January 30th, 1972... "The Day The… More
Reid Volk
Greengrass is just plain and simply, the man. He has the Midas touch in which everything he touches, turns to gold. In this gripping retelling of the events in… More
Tim Sigur
I really like this film and hope that Greengrass continues to do more films like it instead of the whole Bourne thing (I like those movies, too). The pacing,… More

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