Black '47 Reviews

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September 26, 2018
Black 47somehow falls short of one's cinematic expectations in providing justice to a story that demands it.
September 26, 2018
Cold and relentlessly brutal, but there's no emotional payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 5, 2018
Daly made a bold choice by approaching Black 47 as a genre film. It just mightn't be the choice to do full justice to the theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2018
It's unfortunate that caricatured villains lessen the impact of the film's upward punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 11, 2018
Pity the poor actors.
February 16, 2018
By the time it ends on a note of intimate ambiguity, it's hard not to wish that Black 47 had expressed more shades of gray.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 28, 2018
Hangs suspended for the most part in an über-glum middle ground that allows neither its emotional or visceral gambits to properly connect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 19, 2018
Using the 'Great Hunger' as a backdrop for a revenge western is an interesting way to exorcise old ghosts, but the end result drains pathos from the tragedy while muting The Proposition-style genre elements.
September 26, 2018
The story glums along earnestly for 100 minutes that seem, and possibly were, 100 days.
February 17, 2018
Black 47 feels more like a small screen misfire than the grand cinematic epic that this rich story deserves.
September 23, 2018
As the historical specificity embedded in the film's more expansive opening act is abandoned, the more predictable, archetypal trappings of a revenge narrative begin to take hold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 11, 2018
[The] historical and political details are almost enough to elevate the material beyond its roots as a typical sort of revenge thriller. Those roots are firmly planted, though...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
January 9, 2019
Black '47 stays an interesting and worthwhile film due to the merry band that attempts to track Feeney down.
September 7, 2018
Did it hit the target? Not quite, but there's a wealth of things to enjoy nonetheless.
October 20, 2018
A fantastically captivating historical epic, which beautifully evokes its setting.
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 10, 2018
It is disappointing that neither of the leads is Irish, though Feeney is played effectively by the cold-eyed Australian actor James Frecheville, and Jim Broadbent is wonderfully well-fed as Lord Kilmichael.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 20, 2018
Lean, mean, and singular in the way it mixes genres as well as in its subject matter.
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