Based on 66 votes and 22 reviews
Appealing characters and a real storyline. It reminds one how quickly conditions based on ideology can divide groups so quickly and have grave consequences.
I liked pretty much everything about this movie. Acting, story line, cinematography, music were all excellent. Right amount of violence to get the point across without 'overkill'. I left feeling that I had gotten my time and moneys worth.
By far the best picture of the year (of the ones that are nominated). The acting was incredible, Branagh did a great job with the script and directing the actors, especially the kid. I think directors who are also actors get better performances from their cast.
I can see why there are mixed reviews of this one. My partner loved it, but me, not so much. It’s a movie that wasn’t grim enough to do The Troubles justice. At times it seemed to be flirting with becoming an Ulster version of La La Land…..Ra Ra Land maybe lol. And I found those moments irritating. Judy Dench will be lauded no doubt but her accent was patchy. A few accents were patchy. But as my partner pointed out, maybe I was looking at it wrong. It was based on KenBra’s childhood memories and this is why a lot of it seemed like an overly childish account. I think it’s to be enjoyed if the viewer can keep in mind that these are memories of quite a unique childhood and not a historical document.
Very disappointing movie. Waste of time - - - my husband and I forgot we had seen it minutes after walking out of the movie theatre. Completely and totally overrated.
A fair and true representation for the most part. None of the usual Hollywood glitz an glamour. The black and white film format served the presentation well.
Amazing acting by all the characters. The Everlasting Love serenade told us everything about the leads: hot, sexy, emotional and heart- thumping!
Hadn’t been to a movie in years and didn’t read any reviews before I saw it. So,….was great seeing a movie and being one of six people in the theatre. Regarding the movie, I didn’t know what to expect really but I thought it lacked a strong plot line, interesting twists or charcter development. The whole movie I was waiting for something interesting and was disappointed. It was a child’s view and some family views of the conflicts in Belfast. It was like, duh…it’s hard for a family. Wish there was more with Judy Dench and Ciara they were the most interesting characters. Also the mother was beautiful. There was no politics really which would have given the movie more depth. Overall, just OK.
I thought this movie was great. The acting is superb; the story line tight and well-written. Highly recommend it. I also thank the director for being able to tell a good story in under two-hours, unlike many other movies out there.
The cast was outstanding. I’ve seen films with Jamie Dornan, dozens+ with the marvelous Judi Dench. Ciaran Hinds is a very good actor—Persuasion, The Man who Cried and more. Caitriona Balfe is new to me but outstanding. Jude Hill was a marvel, refreshing, fun. The very talented Kenneth Branagh never fails in any endeavor. Whatever critics didn’t like about the film I ignored!
Skip it, I walked out
This movie was great! Best one I have seen in a long time. The acting was excellent!
Acting was terrific and story educational. Not quite a winner. In black and white was O.K.
I wouldn’t call it an entertaining movie but it was educational about the trials of a Catholic family in Belfast. And they as most Protestants simply wanted peace. Beyond that I would get into spoilers and I will simply say it is worth seeing if history interests you at all.
Acting was awesome, THE TROUBLES time as seen thru the eyes of a young Irish Lad. How one family overcame these trying times. Was uplifting, sad and inspirational. Go see this movie.
Loved this movie. Great acting, accurate story.
Wonderful story of prioritizing family safety and security above all. Full of love and laughter, despite the ongoing Troubles. Brilliant performances by seasoned veterans Dench and Hinds, prime-of-their-careers Balfe and Dornan, and newcomer wee Jude Hill. Great soundtrack. Recommend, and would pay to see again.
Just fabulous and very different!
interesting approach on the conflicts in Northern Ireland , focusing on the effects on the residents and not so much on the politics of the time .
The portrayal of the hard decisions that Ma and Pa have to make for their family are so raw and honest. Jude Hill as Buddy is wonderful but Catitriona Balfe steals every scene she is in.