Greengrass sacrifices character and plot to a chilling impressionistic stylization. full review
Watching director Paul Greengrass's explosive Bloody Sunday, you have to remind yourself at moments that you're not looking at a documentary. full review
A great achievement: tense and passionate, a film that one feels not just emotionally but also physically. full review
As a terrifying example of what can happen when too many angry people are crowded into too small a space, it's a gripper. full review
It's not just one of the best but also one of the most important films of the year.
Leaves you dazed and shaken, as if you, too, had been caught in the swirl of events that led to unspeakable sadness and a lot more bloodshed.
What Bloody Sunday lacks in clarity, it makes up for with a great, fiery passion. full review
Bloody Sunday not only is a classic study in the way things can go devastatingly, violently wrong, but also a lesson in the importance of not letting that happen. full review
A compelling, gut-clutching piece of advocacy cinema that carries you along in a torrent of emotion as it explores the awful complications of one terrifying day. full review
Little more than a well-mounted history lesson.
Greengrass (working from Don Mullan's script) forgoes the larger socio-political picture of the situation in Northern Ireland in favour of an approach that throws one in the pulsating thick of a truly frightening situation. full review
As an act of filmmaking, it is superb: A sense of immediate and present reality permeates every scene. full review
It's an extraordinary adrenaline-pumping immersion into historical events, and goes along way to explain the bitterness that has resounded from that day. full review
Rarely do gunshots elicit such shock. Rarely does violence feel so horrific. full review
Would that Greengrass had gone a tad less for grit and a lot more for intelligibility. full review
The handheld camerawork and bleached-out color palette suggest something more akin to combat footage, and candid moments recorded on the sly give Bloody Sunday a chilling realism. full review