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3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The film is a remarkable directorial debut from British artist Steve McQueen....HUNGER's vivid realism has received acclaim..."Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "McQueen shoots much of film almost without dialogue, heightening its bleak intensity."Total Film "McQueen deserves credit for his bold, confident approach to depicting the ordeals of such unyielding inmates as Davey Gillen, Gerry Campbell and, most notably, Bobby Sands."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "HUNGER is a powerful, difficult piece that announces McQueen as a singular talent, and Michael Fassbender as an actor of note."Empire "Steve McQueen, a Turner Prize-winning visual artist and first-time filmmaker, finds an almost uncanny balance of violence and quiet."New York Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Fassbender is magnificent, finding the soul of a character stripped of all resources except those that define him as a man....Shockingly immediate and philosophically reflective, HUNGER is an indelibly moving tribute to what makes us human."Rolling Stone "[O]ne of the most talked-about film-festival triumphs of 2008, a disturbingly avid re-creation of the last six weeks in the life and slow, self-imposed wasting of Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands..." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It was a desperate business, and HUNGER is a desperate film....Director Steve McQueen, an artist who employs merciless realism, strikes three major chords..."Chicago Sun-Times "[One] of the best films of 2009....A gut-punch of a docudrama..."A.V. Club "Mr. McQueen's concern isn't words that argue the merits of the case, but images that convey the horrific conditions in Belfast's Maze prison....Mr. Fassbender's performance is sensational..."Wall Street Journal28.72439

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"[C]aptivating thanks in large part to a terrific lead performance....van der Oest faithfully depicts the sights and scents of 60s Cape Town..."Hollywood Reporter24.94757

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4 stars out of 5 -- "Filmmaker John Michael McDonagh proves his talent for casting with his first feature, the lively, often funny, always thrilling Irish crime comedy THE GUARD."Box Office "THE GUARD is not a breath but a great gust of very funny fresh air....[I]t gives veteran actor Brendan Gleeson one of the tastiest roles of his career and introduces a gifted writer-director..."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "A principal joy of THE GUARD lies in its dialogue....Gleeson gives a tremendous performance..."Uncut "Popping with glorious, bright color and off-color jokes, THE GUARD is an Irish comedy and almost incidental thriller..."New York Times "[Gleeson's] performance is equal parts funny and unnerving, and he keeps viewers guessing about what drives the man and what he'll do next."A.V. Club "In this offbeat buddy-cop comedy, Don Cheadle, as an FBI agent trying to stop a drug ring, makes the perfect foil." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly 4 stars out of 5 -- "Brought to life with gusto, Boyle is equal parts cynic and sentimentalist. It's a great performance and a hell of a character -- profane, contradictory, ineffably alive."Total Film "At its best, THE GUARD has a wit and perceptiveness that recalls the comedies of Bill Forsyth..."Sight and Sound0.4257576

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4 stars out of 5 -- "Filmmaker John Michael McDonagh proves his talent for casting with his first feature, the lively, often funny, always thrilling Irish crime comedy THE GUARD."Box Office "THE GUARD is not a breath but a great gust of very funny fresh air....[I]t gives veteran actor Brendan Gleeson one of the tastiest roles of his career and introduces a gifted writer-director..."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "A principal joy of THE GUARD lies in its dialogue....Gleeson gives a tremendous performance..."Uncut "Popping with glorious, bright color and off-color jokes, THE GUARD is an Irish comedy and almost incidental thriller..."New York Times "[Gleeson's] performance is equal parts funny and unnerving, and he keeps viewers guessing about what drives the man and what he'll do next."A.V. Club "In this offbeat buddy-cop comedy, Don Cheadle, as an FBI agent trying to stop a drug ring, makes the perfect foil." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly 4 stars out of 5 -- "Brought to life with gusto, Boyle is equal parts cynic and sentimentalist. It's a great performance and a hell of a character -- profane, contradictory, ineffably alive."Total Film "At its best, THE GUARD has a wit and perceptiveness that recalls the comedies of Bill Forsyth..."Sight and Sound0.4257576

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Jazziz (12/95, p.28) - "...often exuberant, often atmospheric, and always delightful....Everything about this project, from the all-star lineup to the refreshing material, is praiseworthy..."0.2232459

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