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Based on 23 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Riseborough once again transforms herself dramatically, expanding her role as best she can. But neither the hesitant script — adapted by Tom Bradby from his own novel — nor the sluggish tempo give her enough support. show more

  • 90
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    The story in itself is first-rate. However, it’s the very measured handling that makes it distinctive. show more

  • 80

    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. show more

  • 80
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    (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. show more

  • 75
    Mary Houlihan Chicago Sun-Times

    This is not an in-your-face thriller but rather a measured film ripe with suspense that never lets up. show more

  • 75
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    James Marsh carries forward the mood and menace of the opening into the balance of the work, perfectly matching his aesthetic strategies to the story's shifting moral terrain. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    A decent thriller made better by good performances and an intriguing setting. show more

  • 63
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Still, the proceedings move so quietly and thoughtfully as to be occasionally somnolent, though they’re punctuated with spasms of the violence that marked the Troubles. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Owen and Riseborough play their characters awfully close to the vest, not investing in anything that would allow this story to take the romantic or melodramatic turns we expect. But truthfully, that hamstrings the movie. show more

  • August 25, 2013 sp00000000161785
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    Absolutely terrible movie. How Clive Owen would take part in this movie is beyond me. Of the five people I watched it with, none thought it was any good.

  • August 22, 2013 ag00000000162605
    Report This User

    Great acting!

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