Michael Collins
Michael Collins (1996)

This biopic dramatizes the life of controversial Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins from 1916 to 1922. Collins employed bloody guerrilla tactics in seeking to completely free the Emerald Isle from British rule, but he ultimately… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 11, 1996
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As impressively ambitious as it is satisfyingly impactful, Michael Collins honors its subject's remarkable achievements with a magnetic performance from Liam Neeson in the title role.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

There are pain and honor in [Neeson's] performance, and they constantly rise up to redeem a film that is less probing, less thoughtful than its director's claims and aspirations for it.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.

Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

[Neeson] is superb as the principled, steely yet romantic action hero of Neil Jordan's film, which has been re-released for the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916.

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Todd McCarthy

Intelligent, enormously accomplished and seriously problematic, Neil Jordan's ambitious account of the activities of arguably the central figure in Ireland's painful, bloody fight for independence from the British Empire has a great deal to offer...

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame.

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Bad history perhaps, but Neeson's performance borders on the brilliant.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Jordan always had 6-foot-4 Liam Neeson in mind to play the man they called "the Big Fellow," and it's more than size that makes Neeson fit the part of a leader known for his "cloudburst temperament."

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TV Guide

While the film is unflinching in its depiction of the brutality of both the English and the Irish, Jordan pointedly dissociates his hero from any actual ugliness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
A sweeping and passionate epic of extroadinary power. It was as rousing, as brave, as strong and heartfelt as Braveheart. A true stand-tall classic. A… More
Derek Daniels
I am still holding out some faith that at some point in time a movie will be made concerning Ireland that will NOT include the Irish carbombing the hell out of… More
Reid Volk
Pretty good, but for such a man of passionate, a lot of the film felt rather vapid. Maybe Aiden Quinn hung around the set too long and depressed everyone. It… More
xGary Xx
Michael Collins was a pivotal figure in Irish history, and this is a brave attempt to represent a story rarely attempted in mass media by Neil Jordan. Collins… More
Aj V
Although the actors are great, and do a good job, you really need to understand the issues in this story to understand the movie. It's based on real… More
Cindy I
This was pretty good, but I think it helps to have a good working knowledge of the events covered in the film. I don't really, so I felt a little lost in… More