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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Viewers may feel let down because the depth promised by the movie's visual artistry is never quite delivered. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    It isn't an unabashed movie-movie like the chest-thumping "Braveheart" or a cool, clinical semi-documentary like "The Battle of Algiers". There are elements of both here and they just don't dance. [11 Oct 1996, Pg.03.D] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Putting aside all the controversy, however, viewers are left with an expertly-directed and well-acted historical epic that disappoints only in its shallow perspective of the Irish/British and Irish/Irish conflicts. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie moves confidently when it focuses on Collins and his best friend and co-strategist Harry Boland (Aidan Quinn). But it falters with the unnecessary character of Kitty Kiernan (Julia Roberts), who is in love with both men, and they with her. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    And 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. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    A filmmaker of Jordan's capability is not likely to make anything less than a competent, watchable movie, and that Michael Collins is. I think content rather than form detracts from the cogency of the finished product in this case. show more

  • 80

    Jordan has, though, made an important film, based on the wise predication that only through understanding can come peace. And if that sounds a bit pompous, it's also a damn good trip to the flicks. show more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle

    Neeson's performance as the legendary Irishman reminds us of how large a presence the actor is: He fills up the frame with his voice, his hands, and his gestures. show more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly

    For whatever reason, Michael Collins is a troublesome movie, a film about a religious war in which religion is almost entirely absent; a flick that gives us our kicks with thrillingly shot terroristic violence while paying lip service to pious antiviolence sentiments. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman give sturdy performances, but Neil Jordan's historically based drama seems oddly cool and distant with regard to its incendiary subject. show more

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