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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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"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
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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...
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
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.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
Ultimately, Five Minutes of Heaven is stronger as a whole than its individual parts.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
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.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
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.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
 
A feature-length talkathon built on a sketchy premise and strong star turns from Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
 
Could benefit from a little less of the balanced historical context and a little more of the movie madness of Quentin Tarantino.
Rex Reed, New York Observer  full review
 
The three parts never coalesce, even if they each have potential.
Vadim Rizov, Village Voice  full review
 
It is very good at stating the obvious but fails to bring new insight to this age-old morality tale.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
 
Powerhouse performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbit make this an intense, ultimately moving tale.
Dennis Harvey, Variety  full review
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