91

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
While not designed to entertain on the level of style and spectacle that one expects from a Bond film, this tense period drama from the director of "Man on Wire" presents a far more credible take on the daring exploits of British agents.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
The story in itself is first-rate. However, it’s the very measured handling that makes it distinctive.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This low-key and engrossing Belfast-based drama is as much a well-acted character study as it is a thriller about the conflict in Northern Ireland.
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80

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
(Marsh) downplays political questions of ideological rights and wrongs. Rather than making a film about terrorism, or about war, Marsh looks at how they affect the people caught up in their machinery.
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80

Empire

By Dan Jolin
As beige as an old PC, but beneath the surface the blood pumps bright scarlet. An intelligent and emotionally charged spy drama.
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80

Total Film

By Neil Smith
An expertly calibrated drama confirming Marsh’s status as one of Britain’s most formidable filmmakers.
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80

Film.com

Like the political turmoil which inspired it, Shadow Dancer is fueled by the fire to do the right thing and the sacrifice that must follow, and for 100 minutes, it’s a crackerjack ordeal to behold.
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80

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
The film rests on the desperate chemistry of a paunchy, weathered Owen and a tense, quietly ferocious Riseborough.
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80

Variety

By Justin Chang
Shadow Dancer is admittedly slow to gather force and momentum over its 101-minute running time, though by the third act, the deliberately paced drama has exerted a hypnotic grip.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
This is not an in-your-face thriller but rather a measured film ripe with suspense that never lets up.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.