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Bloody Sunday Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a mad cycle of arrogance and despair, and Bloody Sunday etches it onto your nervous system.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    By re-imagining a pivotal, terrible 24 hours, Greengrass has made a must-see film that is timely - and timeless.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A harrowing lesson in unintended -- and intended -- consequences.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    One view of what happened that day, a very effective one. And as an act of filmmaking, it is superb: A sense of immediate and present reality permeates every scene.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Powerful retelling of 1972 demonstrations.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie depicts a tragic, violent event. The graphic shooting of unarmed protestors is very disturbing and the ensuing images including mayhem and grieving are likely to terrify younger children. Young adults accustomed to Hollywood's comic book portrayal of violence are likely to be disturbed by the events so realistically framed on 35mm film.

  • Families can talk about how director Greengrass used a distinctly "documentary" camera style, intended to make an audience feel like they are there as a witness to history. As a brief notice in the credits mentions, the movie is based on events that did occur, however many of the conversations and characters were created for the purpose of the story. Is it important to the story that the audience think of this film as a documentary? If so, what issues might this raise for Greengrass or other filmmakers when they are presenting stories based on controversial events? From a historical perspective, families can talk about how this movie relates to current news stories about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. How is the debate being presented to the court of public opinion? How has this changed since Bloody Sunday? When Ivan says that the IRA scored its biggest victory on Bloody Sunday, what does he mean?

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Characters killed, graphic violence.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Couple making out.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking, references to drinking.