Black '47 Reviews

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February 8, 2019
Ham-fisted dialogue aside, Martin Feeney's crusade to put the world to rights is undeniably entertaining, if clumsily told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 9, 2019
Black '47 stays an interesting and worthwhile film due to the merry band that attempts to track Feeney down.
December 21, 2018
Director Lance Daly has made a bleak and gripping film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 27, 2018
Director and co-writer Lance Daly tells a blunt-force story in blunt-force fashion, draining the color from both landscape and denizens, and spelling out details in dialogue where he thinks it might be helpful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2018
That's Celtic pride.
October 20, 2018
A fantastically captivating historical epic, which beautifully evokes its setting.
October 19, 2018
That it all works as well as it does is as much a testament to the crackerjack cast as it is to Daly's brooding, violently controlled direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2018
The movie sits in a murky place between appropriately weary historical drama and a more nimble action-Western hybrid, spurred by an outlaw's revenge
October 10, 2018
Director Lance Daly's Black '47 is a western-tinged revenge tale set amongst the backdrop of the Great Irish Famine (An Gorta Mór).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2018
While the screenplay relies too heavily on genre tendencies, it sufficiently evokes its harrowing true-life historical setting.
October 5, 2018
It's not subtle in its didacticism: the British characters...are all cold-hearted bigots. But such bluntness is traditional in angry genre movies, and here it's supported by an adequate yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2018
A visually arresting, Anglo-Irish western-style revenge tale that maintains a firm directorial grip on the foreboding landscape.
October 1, 2018
While the Great Famine provides the brutal historical backdrop, Lance Daly's gripping film is, at heart, a Western, complete with avenging anti-hero, relentlessly pursuing posse and a couple of cracking shoot-outs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2018
A lean, mean historical actioner which doesn't hold back on brutal realities, mostly succeeding in mixing genres and grappling with weighty themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2018
The cast in this film is incredible. Hugo Weaving transforms from a reprehensible villain to a heroic champion with grand ease. James Frecheville's seething intensity and mastery of physical acting is a sight to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 28, 2018
Despite its Irish setting, Black '47 feels more than anything like an American Western, what with its shades-of-grey morality and almost Biblical quest for payback.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 28, 2018
A taut, often violent drama with a powerhouse of a cast - Barry Keoghan, Jim Broadbent and Stephen Rea to name a few.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 28, 2018
It's not for everyone, but don't believe people who tell you Dubliner Lance Daly's third film is overly bleak or crudely anti-English.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2018
Frecheville doesn't have Clint Eastwood's charisma but momentum is maintained by the film's elegant cinematography, stirring soundtrack and thrilling shoot-outs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2018
A powerful and poignant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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