Five Minutes of Heaven
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

The idea of reconciliation between two men from opposite sides of a life-and-death struggle is perhaps impossible or even incredibly naïve. Five Minutes of Heaven, a film that tracks the lives of two men from the same town but different… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 19, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Oliver Hirschbiegel's dramatic take on "The Troubles" is an actor's showcase -- and Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt are more than up to the challenge.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A director whose breakthrough was the story of a madman's last stand has exceeded that feat with the story of an angry man's next step.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

So many movies set in Northern Ireland are about the Troubles that we might justifiably ask, why another? Five Minutes of Heaven is far from the best of the breed, but it does at least take a new tack.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un drama reflexivo y quizás alegórico sobre las heridas que permanecen años después de un conflicto como el de Irlanda del Norte. Sus dos principales actores salen airosos de las quizás inevitables simplificaciones del guión.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Two marvelous performances from two Irish actors turn Oliver Hirschbiegel's Five Minutes of Heaven into a tour de force.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Ultimately, Five Minutes of Heaven is stronger as a whole than its individual parts.

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Don Groves

Tense tale of guilt and atonement in Northern Ireland.

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James Berardinelli

The movie might have been more tense had it been a little more quiet. Neeson and Nesbitt, however, are so good that narrative hiccups never threaten to lose us...

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

It's an original movie idea that feels written for the stage, all the more so since so much of our attention is diverted to admiring how the actors act, in roles with a high degree of technical

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The film deserves credit for not offering any easy answers, but it also fails to ask any interesting questions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
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An intensely dramatic and visceral thriller with a terrific script, masterful direction and powerhouse performances with it's two leads. James Nesbitt and… More
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Cynthia S.
I originally thought that this was going to be just another one of those Northern Ireland in religious turmoil movies....but it wasn't. The concept of this… More
Josh Lewis
A movie worth the 90 minutes invested, even when the movie starts to get slow towards the end and builds to a conclusion that doesn't satisfy in all… More
Arash Xak
Or how to turn an interesting premise into such an insipid film, Five minutes Of heaven is just as shallow & simple-minded as Little's preachy… More
Randy Tippy
Good Irish drama dealing with the aftermath of war and personal tragedy. The only knock on this one is the ending which seems a little half-hearted and… More