The Wind That Shakes the Barley Synopsis
Ireland's 1920s rebellion against England divides two brothers. Directed by Ken Loach.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A beautiful film, harrowing, tough and rife with grief.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Immediately has you in its thrall and doesn't let go -- a reminder of how powerful and moving cinema set in wartime can be when all the...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Beautifully shot, both in darkened homes and on the misty green Irish landscape by Loach's frequent cinematographer Barry Aykroyd, "Wind"...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The vicious clamor the film occasioned in the U.K. is simply the measure of how volatile a subject the relationship between England and...
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Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
The Wind that Shakes the Barley is a multi-layered story, and the more you see those different aspects, the more you'll enjoy the film.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Some of Mr. Loach's earlier feature films have been easier to admire than to enjoy. This one, which won the Palme d'Or at last year's...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The historical scope of this story, as well as Loach's interest in absolute fairness, seems to have drained some of the life from its...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
If Loach had given full voice to each side of this division, he could have made a great film -- maybe THE great film -- about the Irish...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Atmospheric but pedestrian, it is a retelling of the classic tragedy of all civil wars, from the U.S. to Vietnam to England, where brother...
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By i-love-movies123
You must see this movie...

Exceedingly long, historically difficult.

By pomspringz
After reading all the good reviews, I decided to see this movie. It was not a satisfying experience. The characters spend a lot of time yelling at each other. It was like watching an Italian...

Accurate, Real, and Powerful

By irish_movie_mate
This is the most accurate portrayal of the Irish battle aginst the Brits and themselves. Gruesome yet it has to be to convey the true history of the time. Extremely good and powerful...

the Wind that Shakes the Barley

By JimD03
A very realistic portrayal of a war for national independence. It's not "realistic" like "300," which bathes the viewer in blood. Instead, it captures the feeling of the war, complete with a sense of...

Absolutely Amazing

By vlisa0677
I saw this movie in November while I was studying abroad in England. It is absolutely moving. If you leave with dry eyes then there's something wrong with you! It's worth every penny!!...


By cinefilejim
An exception film for the brave of heart!...

Stunningly Awesome!!!!!!!

By electro1
A must see! Well acted, well directed, great plot; what more do you want?...

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

By Prof Slainte
More than just a movie about Irish History - tells about the people - turmoil of the people's actions - why they resorted to doing certain things and the like. An mhait ar fad!!!!!! Absolutely...

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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ IRA drama is thoughtful, smart -- and bloody.
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