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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Pitt and Ford try to dig deeper, but the script undercuts them with preachy dialogue that might as well read, "Insert stereotype here." show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    That the would-be buddies are played by Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt ensures enough star power to keep things moving even during the sluggish early scenes that set up their relationship. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Though Hour 2's heavy emphasis on physical and emotional confrontations stimulates dramatic momentum, this respectable superstar meeting is finally, of all things, ordinary. [26Mar1997 Pg04.D] show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The moral reasoning in the film is so confusing that only by completely sidestepping it can the plot work at all. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Part of the reason The Devil's Own is endurable is because, in spite of various script deficiencies, both of the stars -- Pitt and Harrison Ford -- have an undeniable screen presence. And, while star power can't save a sinking movie, it can at least keep it afloat longer. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The dramatic situations aren't intense or knotty enough to match the moral issues behind them, however. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Certainly, whatever surgery the script doctors performed, it didn't take. The limp result is a picture that is epic in intention and Lilliputian everywhere else. show more

  • 60
    Empire

    The emphasis on character in Rambo scribe Kevin Jarre's screenplay (aided by Vincent Patrick and David Aaron Cohen) gives the film unexpected maturity. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    An earnest, thoughtful, surprisingly well-written (given the number of writers who worked on it) drama about guilt and betrayal that features excellent performances by Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt and dares to defy the juvenile wham bam thank you ma'am aesthetics that have turned mainstream action pictures into feature-length video games. show more

  • 40
    Film Threat

    This movie is only really interesting during the moments of physical conflict that pop up throughout the film. These few scenes are well executed and riveting as hell. show more

  • August 12, 2011 Susie
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    I AGREE with the one above me - the Irish accent was perfect and the acting superior! Brad Pitt never disappoints me!

  • August 08, 2008 tommytoes3248
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    I was truly amazed at Brad Pitt's performance. He caught accent and demeaner of a conflicted young Irish miltant perfectly. He even captured the look. His interactions with Harrison Ford tore at the heart.The viewer was pulled in the center of their emotional distress. The finale left me with a feeling of terrible sadness but also a better understanding of the both characters and their moral beliefs and of the situation in Northern Ireland.

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