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Not Rated In Theaters 03/16/2007 , 126min.
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May 22, 2008
Little is known outside Ireland of the centuries of terror brought upon by the neighboring English but this excellent movie captures a small but important part of the sad history of the Irish struggle for freedom.
May 22, 2008
If you're not up on your Irish history, you may find this very difficult going. Unfortunately, the movie does not present the context of the conflict or the time period in an easily understandable form. I also found the ending completely unsatisfying and unbelievable. The film was too long, and the characters spend a lot of time yelling at each other. I think it will require a special kind of

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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
The history presented in The Wind That Shakes the Barley hardly feels like a closed book or a museum display. It is as alive and as troubling as anything on the evening news, though far more thoughtful and beautiful. Full Review
Derek Elley
Though tastily lensed and with a convincing cast led by Cillian Murphy, essentially small-scale picture lacks the involving sweep of Loach's earlier historical-political yarn, "Land and Freedom." Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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 Cannes Film Festival, fairly vibrates with dramatic energy. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
The Wind That Shakes the Barley turns out to be a more complicated, more dramatically potent story than it appears at first. It's concerned at its core not with how bad the British were but with what the cost of dealing with them was for the Irish. Full Review
Noel Murray
The Onion (A.V. Club)
There's a kind of dry tastefulness about The Wind That Shakes The Barley's historical recreations, even when Loach is staging rapes and executions. Full Review

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