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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A great achievement: tense and passionate, a film that one feels not just emotionally but also physically. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A harrowing lesson in unintended -- and intended -- consequences. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A bracing, unblinking work that serves as a painful elegy and sobering cautionary tale. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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, we're right in the middle of it. show more

  • 100
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

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

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 reality permeates every scene. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    An astonishing re-creation of the Londonderry massacre of January 1972. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    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 watching history, you're engulfed by it. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Greengrass and his tremendously smart and emotionally agile lead actor, James Nesbitt, paint their portrait of a good politician without illusion or sentimentality. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    What Bloody Sunday lacks in clarity, it makes up for with a great, fiery passion. show more

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