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“Eye in the Sky” Reviews: Critics debate the British thriller

Posted in: Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  April 22nd, 2016
Eye in the Sky Reviews

The British thriller Eye in the Sky is a modestly-budgeted film that is causing some big discussions about the ethics and the repercussions of drone warfare. Starring Helen Mirren, decease Aaron Paul and the late Alan Rickman (making one of his last appearances here), the film explores drone strikes from military and political perspectives. The Eye in the Sky reviews have noticed the filmmakers’ strong work here and have given the film very positive reviews.

At this writing, the feature has a 94% fresh rating on

In the meantime though, check out a few of the must-read Eye in the Sky reviews below (and make sure you check out our own review here).

Stephen Holden, “The movie still makes very clear the contrast between military personnel who want to discharge their duties as efficiently as possible, and their more cautious overseers who calculate the chances that the attacks could spur a diplomatic crisis, or worse.” Check out the full review here.

Peter Travers, “[Alan] Rickman deserves our salute, as does a film that honors his fierce intelligence.Check out the full review here.

Godfrey Cheshire, “All in all, wouldn’t the subject of drone warfare be more effectively treated by a well-reported documentary than by a drama that poses questions of accuracy throughout?” Check out the full review here.

Joe Leydon “Purely on the level of a crackerjack political thriller, ‘Eye on the Sky’ is hugely entertaining, with razor-sharp editing by Megan Gill suitably amping the tension, and sharp lensing by Haris Zambarloukos effectively contrasting the chilly confines of the interiors and the menace in broad daylight of the exteriors.” Check out the full review here.

Pete Hammond, “[I]t is Hood who brings this all together with the skill of a master craftsman, creating an almost Hitchcockian level of unending, nail-biting suspense in a picture that not only is enormously entertaining but also about as important and thought-provoking as they come.” Check out the full review here.

Cian Westmoreland, “[I]t opens the public dialogue to the complexity of this manner of conducting war.” Check out the full review here.

Brian Viner, “[I]t’s an intelligent film, well worth seeing, and with 20 per cent more subtlety it would be very good indeed.Check out the full review here.

Rafer Guzmán, Newsday: “Because its central dilemma is somewhat limited, ‘Eye in the Sky’ spins its wheels while countless politicians — worried more about bad press than about conscience — pass the buck and stall for time.” Check out the full review here.

Bill Newcott, “the film presents a premise that, in the end, it cannot quite hold up: that killing people from 3,000 miles away somehow embodies greater moral complexity than doing so face to face.”  Check out the full review here.

Josh Lasser, “It is a perfectly fitted jigsaw puzzle of a movie and it is difficult to choose a single standout character or moment.” Check out the full review here.

If you want to read our perspective on the film, click here for our review.