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  • PG-13
  • 1h 37m
  • 2021
Certified Fresh86%
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Critics and audiences agree Belfast is the "best picture of the year, no doubt" (Pete Hammond, Deadline). Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh, Belfast is a poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy's childhood amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. Through it all, his passionate parents (Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan) and quick-witted grandparents (Academy Award® winner Judy Dench and Ciarán Hinds) keep the joy alive in this feel-good story that reminds us that no matter how far you go, you never forget where you came from.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh86%
Critics Consensus: A deeply personal project for writer-director Kenneth Branagh, Belfast transcends its narrative deficits with powerful performances and directorial craft.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Drama set in 1960s Northern Ireland has violence, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Belfast is writer-director Kenneth Branagh's captivating drama about a young boy growing up in the 1960s during the religious conflict in Northern Ireland (a time commonly referred to as "The Troubles"). Though there are moments of violence as Protestants and Catholics clash, the movie is also warm and tender, since much of it is seen through the eyes of innocent schoolboy Buddy (Jude Hill). Catholics are bullied out of their homes by intimidation and violence. Firebombs are thrown, cars are set alight, and windows are smashed. A mother and son are briefly held at gunpoint. Despite the danger, there's plenty of humor, particularly involving scenes with Buddy and his grandparents (Judi Dench and Ciaran Hinds). But there's also sadness, with a beloved character dying from an unspecified illness, and Buddy's parents (Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe) having to decide whether to leave their home to start another life. Strong language is frequent but, apart from one use of "f----rs," doesn't get stronger than "a--hole" and "shite." Although the movie doesn't dive into the political and religious intricacies of Northern Ireland, it does a great job of highlighting the seriousness of the situation while remaining accessible to younger viewers.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 12, 2021
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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