Five Minutes Of Heaven

21five_75 A powerful meditation on guilt, forgiveness and reconciliation, this potent drama stars Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt as two men on opposite sides of Northern Ireland's political struggle: one a killer, the other the brother of the man he killed.
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Netflix Rating: 3.2
NYT Review
"Five Minutes of Heaven" is a feature-length talkathon built on a sketchy premise and strong star turns from Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 76%
Critics' score: 76   Audience score: 54   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The movie might have been more tense had it been a little more quiet. Neeson and Nesbitt, however, are so good that narrative hiccups never threaten to lose us... full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

So many movies set in Northern Ireland are about the Troubles that we might justifiably ask, why another? Five Minutes of Heaven is far from the best of the breed, but it does at least take a new tack. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Ultimately, Five Minutes of Heaven is stronger as a whole than its individual parts. full review

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

It's an original movie idea that feels written for the stage, all the more so since so much of our attention is diverted to admiring how the actors act, in roles with a high degree of technical
 difficulty. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Early scenes set up the tragedy, but the majority of Oliver Hirschbiegel's movie is set in a TV studio where the two eventually face each other, and the tension, unfortunately, quickly becomes stagey. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

A feature-length talkathon built on a sketchy premise and strong star turns from Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt.

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Powerhouse performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbit make this an intense, ultimately moving tale. full review

Dennis Harvey, Variety

The three parts never coalesce, even if they each have potential. full review

Vadim Rizov, Village Voice

It is very good at stating the obvious but fails to bring new insight to this age-old morality tale.

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

Could benefit from a little less of the balanced historical context and a little more of the movie madness of Quentin Tarantino. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer
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