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Shadow Dancer

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

James Marsh

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About the Movie

When single mother Collette McVeigh (Riseborough) is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA plot in London, an MI5 officer (Owen) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in MI5 and return home. When her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 87
  • Fresh: 71
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Shadow Dancer" is ominously subdued and grimly taciturn. The dialogue is minimal. Only what has to be said is said, and the tone of most of it is one of quiet urgency. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, May 30, 2013

Rotten: The character mechanics ... leave the viewer always feeling a step ahead of the story and its too-late-to-excite twists. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2013

Fresh: The film rests on the desperate chemistry of a paunchy, weathered Owen and a tense, quietly ferocious Riseborough. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, May 28, 2013

Fresh: Shadow Dancer feels like a thriller, but Marsh is wisely more interested in the tension than in the release. What thrills exist here are carefully tempered by the considered pacing. – Ian Buckwalter, NPR, May 31, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Great movie

There are legitimate reasons for the price of these movies. I do not understand why people do not "get" that.
I enjoyed this movie a lot. It is worth the ten bucks and still is cheaper than going to the theater!

Great Plot - Dialogue is hard to hear.

Great plot. Fair acting. For my american ear, it was hard to pick up the quiet sometimes mumbled Irish and English accents. We finally had to turn on closed captioning which detracted from the experience.

Decent Movie

Shadow Dancer is worth watching. It's one of those movies you'd be better off if you read about before seeing…at least you will get the context & background. First part of movie just shows her riding train…the viewer has no idea what is happening. The lead characters give us true & honest portrayals of their characters. Just wish there would have been a little more explaining as to what was going on: thus why I recommend reading up on the film first before viewing.