"A stone cold classic."
— Charlotte O'Sullivan, London Evening Standard
"Marvelous performances from Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson."
— Amy Nicholson, FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
"Colin Farrell is a revelation in this. I think it's probably his best performance ever."
— Tim Robey, Monocle
"Like In Bruges, The Banshees of Inisherin is a dark movie that is often downright hilarious."
— Mike Ryan, Uproxx
"Banshees, reuniting Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell from 'In Bruges,' is a scream from start to finish-erin."
— Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
"Gleeson and Farrell revive their mesmerizing interplay, surrounded by breathtaking Irish scenery and a brilliant ensemble cast."
— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"It’s visually stunning and consistently witty while being unafraid to ask serious questions about life as it is, and should be, lived. It is proper art."
— Kevin Maher, Times (UK)
"It's a gut punch of a comic-drama that keeps finding new ways to land hard-hitting body blows, and it's easily one of the year's very best films."
— Adam Graham, Detroit News
"The result feels closer than any of his previous films to the barbed, intimate lyricism of McDonagh’s work as a playwright, and more deeply, sorrowfully felt to boot."
— Guy Lodge, Variety
"This is an often shoulder-shudderingly funny film, whose comic dialogue is dazzlingly designed and performed. But McDonagh leaves fate itself with the last, black, bone-rattling laugh."
— Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"The Banshees of Inisherin is lovely and disturbing in equal measure, turning its darkest urges and blackest humors into a touching and evocative portrait of a time, a place, a community and a pair of crazy men."
— Steve Pond, TheWrap
"Wounded but funny, quiet but resonant and resistant to anything like a Hollywood formula, The Banshees of Inisherin is a strangely profound little comedy. It’s one of the few true originals among movies this year."
— Kyle Smith, Wall Street Journal
"What makes it work so well, aside from a rollickingly funny but never smirky McDonagh script that arms every member of its small ensemble with killer moments, is the reuniting of In Bruges’s two leads, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson."
— Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
"To be corny, which the film is decidedly not, it's about life: the brevity of it, the risks we do or don't take, who in the end we choose to share it with. And for all the pettiness, absurdity, and outright threats of violence, it's pretty feckin' wonderful."
— Leah Greenblatt, Leah GreenblattSep 14, 2022
"The Banshees of Inisherin is a beautifully-shot and deftly-played comedy. It is at once masterful, surprisingly poignant, and profound. Its portrait of a friendship faltering ultimately proves how vital friendship actually is: how vulnerable and naked we are without it."
— John Bleasdale, CineVue
"Ignited by career-best performances from Colin Farrell and Bredan Gleason, this new classic from son of Ireland Martin McDonagh brims over with dark comic magic and jolts of bloody scary hell. Fasten your seatbelts for one of the best movies of the year."
— Peter Travers, ABC News
"In its unwavering devotion to the straightforward nature of its story, The Banshees of Inisherin has found something profound and universal, something that will leave you both laughing and shaken to your core. It’s the kind of film that crawls into your soul and stays there."
— Matthew Jackson, Paste Magazine
"Within The Banshees of Inisherin, McDonagh manages to capture both the elemental resonance of folklore with the sophisticated weightiness of classic stage drama. This tragicomic tale nimbly balances both the personal and political dimensions of his richly developed characters and scenarios."
— Marshall Shaffer, Slashfilm
"Rich, layered, and full of beautiful shapeshifting emotional depth—at times laugh-out-loud funny, and then stopping on a dime to turn melancholy, heartrending, and or horrifying—The Banshee of Insherin will surely unsettle audiences trying to pinpoint blame or ascribe a hero or villain to the piece. Its morality and personal sympathies are purposefully opaque."
— Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
"Farrell brings extra layers of depth and mournfulness to the classic McDonagh pattern. He’s the character you want to protect, and the one who sends your heart sinking when you see him harden, out of necessity, against the world. He gives The Banshees of Inisherin its soul and its beauty. To look at his face is to understand the half-welcoming, half-unforgiving place known as home."
— Stephanie Zacharek, Time