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Belfast Story, A (15)


Set in a city which has weathered hundreds of years of hatred, 30 years of bombs, and a war without winners, just victims. A new era brings new risks. There is peace, but that can also be deadly.

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The critical consensus

The haunted-looking Meaney carries much of the drama in a plot that muddies moral waters well but buckles under leaden pacing and overwritten dialogue.

***(*)(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 14/09/2013

Less controversial than its misguided PR mailer and a lot less newsworthy too. A thriller that means well but falls some way short of thrilling.

**(*)(*)(*)Angie Errigo, Empire Online, 19/09/2013

The plot scatters too many pieces about, putting the film's star off screen for long stretches. In his absence, the acting quality plummets drastically, and the momentum peters out, exposing this as a well-intentioned but amateurish effort.

**(*)(*)(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 19/09/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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