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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Immediately has you in its thrall and doesn't let go -- a reminder of how powerful and moving cinema set in wartime can be when all the elements align. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Beautifully shot, both in darkened homes and on the misty green Irish landscape by Loach's frequent cinematographer Barry Aykroyd, "Wind" has a you-are-there intensity and intimacy about it that make it nearly overwhelming. But for all its violence and subsequent sadness, it's a movie of extraordinary importance. show more

  • 50
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Atmospheric but pedestrian, it is a retelling of the classic tragedy of all civil wars, from the U.S. to Vietnam to England, where brother is pitched against brother. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A beautiful film, harrowing, tough and rife with grief. show more

  • 88
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    The Wind that Shakes the Barley is a multi-layered story, and the more you see those different aspects, the more you'll enjoy the film. show more

  • 88
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The vicious clamor the film occasioned in the U.K. is simply the measure of how volatile a subject the relationship between England and Ireland remains more than eight decades after the film's events, and the thinking viewer can hardly help but see parallels between the Irish insurgency and all subsequent guerrilla conflicts. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    We may not need another IRA movie, but even so, Ken Loach's Brit-bashing historical drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley, winner of the top prize at Cannes last year, raises hard questions about Ireland's uncanny ability to kneecap itself. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The historical scope of this story, as well as Loach's interest in absolute fairness, seems to have drained some of the life from its telling. show more

  • May 22, 2008 dirtyfiend
    Report This User

    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 pomspringz
    Report This User

    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 person to find this film a rewarding experience.

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