The Shadow of Violence

critic Reviews

, 94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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.
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    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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    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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    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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    Simran HansMonocle
    This film is so visceral and wrenching.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    It's Jarvis whose potential star power leaps out at you.
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    Nick LevineNME
    [It] feel two-dimensional. But there's no doubt that Rowland has crafted a powerful and enthralling film that packs a hefty emotional punch.
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    A social realist-leaning (and sometimes blackly comic) look at life on the margins, a sharp exploration of toxic masculinity and a potent quest for redemption, too.
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    Alix TurnerReady Steady Cut
    Bleak and suspenseful drama set in the west of Ireland, not about crime but about the criminal lifestyle; and about man and his complex loyalties.
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    Andrew GaudionTHN
    A live-wire drama sparking with soul thanks to an exceptionally great cast.
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