Fifty Dead Men Walking
Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

Set in Belfast in 1980 where the Irish Republican Army is waging an all-out insurgent war against the British occupation, Martin McGartland is a young small-time Belfast hustler recruited by a wily British intelligence agent to infiltrate… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 10, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though somewhat uneven in places, Fifty Dead Men Walking is a gripping portrayal of Ireland's violent history, carried by the strong performances of its lead actors.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Jim Sturgess makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too actorly as his handler.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A streamlined, adrenalized thriller that is not as deep as it would like to appear, treads a retrospective political tightrope.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An action-packed historical Irish thriller.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Skogland is a crisp and efficient storyteller. She keeps the players vivid and relatively honest, and never shies away from the brutalities.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Fifty Dead Men Walking provides another example of what happens when mediocre moviemaking meets an interesting life.

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Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

Fifty Dead Men Walking is a largely uninvolving crime thriller that fails to do justice to the intriguing story of an informant within the IRA.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs, spontaneous riots -- is what's genuinely gripping.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

What makes Fifty Dead Men work is the story's sheer moral complexity, which dares viewers to sympathize with anyone onscreen for more than a few minutes at a time.

Mike Edwards
What Culture

A 'war on terror' thriller set in Ireland? Surprisingly, it works.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
It's The Departed meets Spy Game. A first-rate, stylish and adrenaline-charged edge of your seat thriller. It packs pure powerhouse thrills and suspense… More
Cynthia S.
Boy, that IRA business is nasty. They did a really good job on this film. Fine acting. Fine production. I really enjoyed this, even though I couldnt understand… More
Dean King
A decent thriller based on a true story of a member of the IRA who passed information on the the British special service. I don't think it helped that I… More
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Amazing story, great cast and a well thought-out way to show how it all went down. A bit slow to get into at first and then WHAM....shit happens and you… More
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Rose McGowan, Kevin Zegers, Nathalie Press, Nick Dunning, William Houston, Gavin O'Connor, Nathan Hughes, Kris Edlund… More
Alex roy
Fifty Dead men walk is the story of Martin McGartland and his successful attempt at infiltrating the Provisional Irish Republican Army. The film is an itimate… More