The Independent Middletown Review (March 2007)

Middletown (15)
Published: 04 March 2007

In this Ulster period drama, Matthew Macfadyen is the stony-faced minister of a rain-sodden village, whose inhabitants trudge straight from church to pub every Sunday - his own brother and pregnant sister-in-law among them. His disapproval becomes fire-and-brimstone fanaticism at laughable speed, and the film jumps from drizzly grimness to hysterical melodrama.