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  • Summary: The dramatic true story of a marriage between a Catholic man and a Protestant woman in 1950's Ireland.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Stunningly acted by Liam Cunningham and Orla Brady as the Cloneys.
  2. If it weren't based on a true story, you might suspect Sydney McCartney's A Love Divided was created by a panel of militant Irish Protestants.
  3. 75
    Will leave you taking sides, whether or not that was the film's intent.
  4. 60
    While the film's exploration of Irish religious intolerance takes it to many familiar areas, the specifics are unfamiliar and fine performances -- especially those of leads Cunningham and Brady.
  5. It's like a PBS version of a movie of the week about child abduction, complete with histrionic, spit-flecked speechifying in quaint Irish brogues.
  6. 40
    In the end, Macartney and screenwriter Stuart Hepburn decide that love conquers all, which may have been the way it happened but doesn't leave the film with much going on.
  7. What saves the film from utter forgettability are the strong supporting performances, especially from Peter Caffrey as the town atheist, and Tony Doyle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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 reallyI'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

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