Bloody Sunday Synopsis
Troops open fire on civil-rights leader Ivan Cooper and other peaceful protesters.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A bracing, unblinking work that serves as a painful elegy and sobering cautionary tale.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
By re-imagining a pivotal, terrible 24 hours, Greengrass has made a must-see film that is timely - and timeless.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A great achievement: tense and passionate, a film that one feels not just emotionally but also physically.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a mad cycle of arrogance and despair, and Bloody Sunday etches it onto your nervous system.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Surges forward with barely a respite. It's like watching a propane factory burn, waiting for the tanks inside to explode, and when they do,...
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The film is conducted in a delirious cinema-verite style; most of what you see has a brutal, you-are-there immediacy. You're not merely...
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Greengrass and his tremendously smart and emotionally agile lead actor, James Nesbitt, paint their portrait of a good politician without...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One view of what happened that day, a very effective one. And as an act of filmmaking, it is superb: A sense of immediate and present...
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
An astonishing re-creation of the Londonderry massacre of January 1972.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A harrowing lesson in unintended -- and intended -- consequences.
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Rated R | For Language and Violence
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Powerful retelling of 1972 demonstrations.
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