Bloody Sunday
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Bloody Sunday

2002
Drama
History
1h 51m
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Avg Percentile 67.22% from 939 total ratings

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Rated 20 Dec 2009
80
80th
Raw and brutal account of the 1972 incident. You can love or hate the hand held camera work, as well as the film's obvious allegiance to the protesters, but you cannot deny that this is gruesomely effective cinema.
Rated 30 Jan 2011
96
90th
The problem facing historical films is that viewers know the ending already, so developing tension can be difficult. Greengrass provides us with a masterclass in this respect, first showing us the optimism of the marchers and contrasting that with the intentions of the British army. The camera is hand held and Greengrass avoids ever showing us the whole picture, which only adds to the sense of chaos. A word should be spared for James Nesbitt, who fits seemlessly into the Derry landscape.
Rated 01 Jul 2010
64
56th
I'm stunned. Paul Greengrass' angry camera leaves you in permanent tension through the first act, and when the slaughter begins, you experience that strange feeling of being a survivor of that, like if you were watching the massacre and couldn't do nothing to stop it. I guess I've never seen such a strong movie about a real event in my life.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
85
83rd
Really cool movie, done in a kind of faux documentary style. The editing and constant moving from soldiers to protestors builds suspense in a really original way. Characters are also good and are well acted.
Rated 04 Dec 2007
81
83rd
Paul Greengrass chaotic and documentary style really works with these kind of tragedies. Add this up with brilliant performances and some historical accuracy (it's based on an objective inquiry "eyewitness bloody sunday") and you get a moving and very exciting film.
Rated 17 Oct 2009
6
81st
I don't get it. Where was Bono?
Rated 12 Aug 2014
90
81st
OK, there are 2 sides to the story, but 14 dead marchers alongside a complete lack of dead or wounded soldiers seems telling. This raw, ultimately brutalizing tragedy is an extremely valuable vision of what occurred that day. And as an act of filmmaking, it's stunning: A sense of urgent and present-tense reality pervades every powerhouse moment.
Rated 18 Aug 2014
90
85th
Seeing this movie from the perspective of the Kyiv massacre in February 2014, gives you an unpleasant feeling that such kind of madness can happen in any country regardless how rich it is or how much it is developed.
Rated 28 Apr 2013
83
73rd
Greengrass proves himself the king of docu-drama with this realistically-made film that, how much of which is accurate or not, left me feeling incredibly angry.
Rated 09 May 2013
70
78th
The Saville Report serves to add credence to -- and eliminate most any accusations of bias of -- a movie that features unscrupulous fearful little commanders who are obsessed with and addicted to the concept of "law and order," as well as psychopathic, bloodlusting, delusional and duplicitous young soldiers who I can only assume have very very small penises. Also there's rock throwers.
Rated 23 Jun 2013
89
97th
Really phenomenal work from Greengrass. The short snippets of footage add to the tension and the whole thing feels like a really clever documentary.
Rated 22 Aug 2013
77
84th
Very well made, it made me feel like I experienced the whole thing in person, which led me to feel some extreme emotions towards the end.
Rated 08 Jan 2014
3
73rd
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Rated 15 Feb 2023
76
67th
My appreciation for this film rises as I learn more and more about contemporary British history. Would recommend going into it with a bit of background, and it's certainly a film I plan on circling back to and rewatching.
Rated 25 Mar 2015
80
58th
I good film that shows the violent events in Derry on January 30, 1972. The documentary style works well with this event and makes you fell like you are there, part of the tragedy. I did not like how much the film cuts from scene to scene. I felt like I was jumping between people every minute or so. I understand why Greengrass did this but I think it pulled me from the film a little bit.
Rated 04 Jun 2015
90
95th
A tough subject, brilliantly shot; the archive footage blends almost seamlessly.
Rated 23 Feb 2016
80
69th
A bit of clumsiness in editing and action is forgiven. It ends up pretty effective. I don't get why people hate shakey-cam so much.
Rated 08 Mar 2016
60
51st
First of all, my expectations were very high and I thought such tradegy could have explained better without a try to reaching technical achievements. Despite very strong true story and good use of documentary style cinema, "shakey, hand-held" camera made the movie difficult to follow "at least for me". Still, this movie has the right perspective about the accidents which happened in 1972.
Rated 27 Jun 2016
6
54th
Straight to the point with no frills attached.
Rated 28 Jul 2020
55
32nd
A tragic story that is told in a reasonably short film. Not disappointed that U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday was rightly used for the end credits. This should be seen whether you know the story or not. That being said, a remake with a bigger budget and better director would be welcome. Still not a fan of Greengrass’ camerawork, but I can at least tell what is happening here. Also the constant fade to black cuts are odd and become a bit distracting later in the film.
Rated 06 Feb 2021
87
65th
A-
Rated 30 Jun 2021
79
63rd
English people did this.
Rated 19 Apr 2022
80
62nd
Verite, you-are-there historical recreation is cold and contained but still effective; a certain lack of depth or differentiation to the characters makes it difficult to become emotionally invested once the “bloody” starts, it takes a superb Nesbitt to be the glue and anchor which ultimately puts an emotional face on proceedings. Occasionally undone by Greengrass’ insistence on queasy-cam and faux-documentary techniques, which only distance rather than involve the viewer in the drama.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
80
95th
Being from Northern Ireland myself and having lived thru most of the troubles this film means a lot.What you see is the truth brilliantly retold and a fitting tribute to the memory of those who died that day.
Rated 18 Mar 2009
87
87th
Impressive and chilling. The hand-held camera style is really effective at involving you emotionally in the events.
Rated 09 Jul 2007
90
88th
lilith'i gectigim film.2007 yazinda yazliktan donerken izledim.okullarin acilmasina bir ay kala.yanlis hatirlamiosam agustos.arabada kan ter icinde izledim.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
63rd
You can feel the violence oozing from the screen.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
88th
James Nesbitt is fantastic in this documentary-style retelling of Bloody Sunday.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
95th
Real to the bone.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
58th
Good depiction of a terrible event
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
79th
perfectly shot. u definantly get a 'you're there' feel from this
Rated 28 Oct 2007
100
94th
I don't think I've been as angry after seeing a movie then when I was after seeing this one.
Rated 16 Jun 2008
80
68th
Damn good treatment of the now-infamous shooting of Irish civil rights marchers by the British army. Evenhanded, yet moving as any tragedy should be
Rated 16 Nov 2012
73
93rd
A moving portrayal of a terrible event in our history
Rated 22 Jul 2009
75
79th
Great look-in as to what happened on that gruesome day in Belfast.
Rated 18 Aug 2009
92
92nd
An absolutely absorbing film experience. Paul Greengrass puts you in the center of a hurricane better than perhaps anyone in history.
Rated 20 Sep 2009
75
74th
Drama scenes. True Irish movie.
Rated 04 Nov 2009
79
89th
Good Movie
Rated 12 Dec 2009
78
77th
Such a strong film. I felt so lonely and hopeless at times watching this. This film shows one of the scandalous events that should never be forgotten in a most shocking, yet moving and strong way. Really liked the way the movie was built.
Rated 07 Apr 2011
30
78th
"Greengrass's gripping Bloody Sunday could easily pass for a documentary on the 1972 Derry massacre is a testament to the immediacy of this vérité exercise." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 09 Sep 2012
89
84th
A remarkable reenactment of the massacre of peaceful Irish protesters. Powerful experience.

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