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Michael Collins

drama, foreign


The true story of Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionary leader whose dedication to the Irish people changed history as he fought to free Ireland from British rule in the early 1900s.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    77%
  • Audience Score
    84%

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    77%
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  • Audience

    84%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Be sure to watch "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" if you watch "Michael Collins"

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Neil Jordan uses very broad and movie-ish strokes to paint his portrait of the busy, eponymous hero.

- Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Michael Collins was a pivotal figure in Irish history, and this is a brave attempt to represent a story rarely attempted in mass media by Neil Jordan. Collins was the original "terrorist", and practically invented modern warfare employing guerilla tactics and counter intelligence to fight the British Empire to a standstill, a force he had no chance against using conventional means. This resulted in the treaty of 1922 which saw the country divided for the next 80 years. Liam Neeson is excellent as the pragmatic and larger than life man of the people, and although the film inevitably is rather rose tinted in it's representation of the man (as all of these kinds of biopics are) Jordan's brisk no-nonsense style is never pompous or preachy. The subject matter means that there is a lot more action than most political dramas, in fact it has more in common with The Godfather than Gandhi for the first half of the film. Even the romance with Julia Roberts (who manages a very creditable attempt at an Irish accent) is nicely down played and unsentimental. Portraying yet more of the shameful acts perpetrated by the British government in it's history it is just as informative as it is entertaining, especially to those of an Irish heritage such as myself.

- garyX, Thursday, March 6, 2008

4 stars

Michael Collins was a pivotal figure in Irish history, and this is a brave attempt to represent a story rarely attempted in mass media by Neil Jordan. Collins was the original "terrorist", and practically invented modern warfare employing guerilla tactics and counter intelligence to fight the British Empire to a standstill, a force he had no chance against using conventional means. This resulted in the treaty of 1922 which saw the country divided for the next 80 years. Liam Neeson is excellent as the pragmatic and larger than life man of the people, and although the film inevitably is rather rose tinted in it's representation of the man (as all of these kinds of biopics are) Jordan's brisk no-nonsense style is never pompous or preachy. The subject matter means that there is a lot more action than most political dramas, in fact it has more in common with The Godfather than Gandhi for the first half of the film. Even the romance with Julia Roberts (who manages a very creditable attempt at an Irish accent) is nicely down played and unsentimental. Portraying yet more of the shameful acts perpetrated by the British government in it's history it is just as informative as it is entertaining, especially to those of an Irish heritage such as myself.

- garyX, Thursday, March 6, 2008

3 stars

Makes for a better entertainment than a history lesson; episodic but effective.

- wbgoose13, Wednesday, October 24, 2007