A Love Divided

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7

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  1. WinslowE.
    Aug 10, 2001
    9
    Well directed, beautifully photographed.
  2. KevinB.
    Jun 5, 2005
    8
    This is an intersting film as there's a subetxt that many critics - apart from the San Francisco critic Mick LaSalle - have missed. I'm referring to the undercurrent which is easy to miss if you just read it as a Romeo & Juliet with religion as the dividing line. The film is good on bigotry and intolerance but the performances are what put it in a different league from a This is an intersting film as there's a subetxt that many critics - apart from the San Francisco critic Mick LaSalle - have missed. I'm referring to the undercurrent which is easy to miss if you just read it as a Romeo & Juliet with religion as the dividing line. The film is good on bigotry and intolerance but the performances are what put it in a different league from a join-the-dots PBS social drama. As LaSalle points out, the real engine of the film is the clash of wills between the Protestant mother and the Catholic parish priest. Indeed, this critic provactively suggests that she can be interpreted as going out of her way to provoke the crisis in Wexford because of her contempt for the smug, controlling priest. LaSalle thinks that this potentially subverts the story's criticism of patriarchy but I think it actually sharpens it. The mother becomes like a Rosa Parks - we ain't going to take it any more, in other words it's not just an individual act , it is an act taken on behalf of oppressed and repressed minorities (and women) irrespective of the specific culture. Expand
  3. TamiN.
    Jun 26, 2001
    10
    This movie should be viewed as a story of what bigotry and intolerance in any form can do to a family, friends, and neighbors - not as another story on the Irish situation. The performances are all top drawer (especially Liam Cunningham and Orla Brady) and it is a poignant story well told.
  4. LynnW.
    Sep 17, 2001
    10
    I loved the movie, thought that it was great!!
  5. Jan 17, 2012
    10
    I've only seen the movie once, and a long while ago, but I remember being blown away by how good it was. The acting is brilliant, you really feel the tension, danger, and loneliness and just anger the characters do. Also, the pub performance of Bobby Burn's poem (beloved Scott-Irish poet) "Ae Fond Kiss" set to mandolin and singing was SO GOOD that I got my mom to use it as a piece weI've only seen the movie once, and a long while ago, but I remember being blown away by how good it was. The acting is brilliant, you really feel the tension, danger, and loneliness and just anger the characters do. Also, the pub performance of Bobby Burn's poem (beloved Scott-Irish poet) "Ae Fond Kiss" set to mandolin and singing was SO GOOD that I got my mom to use it as a piece we performed in our highschool choir and we got second in the state (Texas) with that on our list. I've been searching for this movie for YEARS and I'm glad I've finally found it, I couldn't remember the title but I'll never forget it, and I'll buy this as soon as I can! This was the first time I've heard that song/poem, and now it's one of my favorites and I still think this movie performance is the best there is though I have many other versions of the song. Expand
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. 75
    Will leave you taking sides, whether or not that was the film's intent.
  2. Although the film is well acted from top to bottom, its dramatic spark plug is Mr. Doyle's terrifying portrayal of Father Stafford.
  3. Stunningly acted by Liam Cunningham and Orla Brady as the Cloneys.