The Shadow of Violence

critic Reviews

94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score94%
  • The Shadow of Violence presents a grimly effective portrait of one man's struggle with divided loyalties, elevated by standout performances from a stellar cast.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Steve PondTheWrap
    [Cosmo Jarvis] is quietly gripping as Arm.
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    Ryan LattanzioindieWire
    Despite the claustrophobic entrapment in a violent and hyper-masculine world, 'The Shadow of Violence' is an ultimately moving morality tale announcing a confident new voice in international cinema.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Nick AllenRogerEbert.com
    While Jarvis puts a memorable mug to the script's meditations, you have to squint too much to see director Rowland's signature on this broad idea of machismo.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Manohla DargisNew York Times
    There is just enough ambiguity onscreen, particularly during the movie's early stretch, that the narrative machinery isn't too conspicuous.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    It's Jarvis whose potential star power leaps out at you.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The direction, by the novice Nick Rowland, is assured. You've seen it before. But not like this.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    A bleak Irish gangster movie, filled with despair and a black humor.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Nicholas BellIONCINEMA.com
    A pair of lead performances from young notables Cosmo Jarvis and Barry Keoghan supply the requisite energy to keep the narrative rolling through the paces.
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    Mel ValentinScreenAnarchy
    Shakes off well-worn cliches and genre conventions and turns into a provocative, poignant character study.
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    Alan NgFilm Threat
    The Shadow of Violence has interesting things to say about violence and, ultimately, how far you would go for your family.
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