Chicago Sun-Times - 08/19/2009 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The performance of Jim Sturgess as McGartland helps place his decision into the day-by-day process of acting on it."
Hollywood Reporter - 08/18/2009
"The decibels, energy and overall quality are high in writer-director Kari Skogland's FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING, her supremely well-made, highly stylized, graphic tale..."
Box Office - 08/20/2009 3 stars out of 5 -- "The suspenseful spy thriller FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING will surprise espionage fans....Canadian filmmaker Kari Skogland uses a brutal shooting to launch her film into action."
A.V. Club - 08/20/2009
"The scenes between Sturgess and Kingsley are riveting, as Kingsley alternately cozens and commands, playing his reluctant informer like a fish on a line." -- Grade: B
Movieline - 08/19/2009
"Sturgess has been The Next Big Thing for about three years now, and he legitimately earns that distinction here: All crazy eyes and sneering charm..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/04/2009
"Writer-director Kari Skogland's sharp-edged, doc-style drama is loosely based on the true story of Martin McGartland..." -- Grade: B
Los Angeles Times - 12/04/2009
"Terrific performances and an array of kinetic action scenes help distinguish FIFT DEAD MEN WALKING..."
Film Comment - 01/01/2010
"Kari Stogland's thriller turns the story of torment, torture, and perpetual betrayal into a fleet-footed pop item....The action is swift and sure."
Loosely based on the remarkable true story of the British undercover agent who successfully infiltrated the IRA, writer/director Kari Skogland's thriller takes its title from author Martin McGartland's best-selling book of the same name. Set at the absolute height of the Irish civil conflict, FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING begins as 22-year-old Martin McGartland is recruited by the British police to infiltrate the IRA and report back with intelligence. It's an extremely dangerous job that could result in death or worse should his true identity be revealed, yet McGartland realizes that the information he's gathering will save countless lives. At first, the prospect of being discovered provides something of a rush for McGartland, though that initial buzz quickly wears off when his true identity is revealed and he's forced to attempt an impossible escape. Two decades later, McGartland is still on the run. Sir Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, and Rose McGowan star.