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  • Summary: Set in 1960s Dublin, Alfie (Finney), a bus driver, organizes annual Oscar Wilde plays with help from many of his regular passengers. He finds himself in the middle of conflicts when he decides to stage "Salome" instead of "The Importance of Being Earnest."
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Delightfully comic - and the funniest moments are rich in meaning - A Man of No Importance is laced with memorable scenes.
  2. 80
    A Man of No Importance is as rich and soulful as it is modest. [27 Jan 1995]
  3. Towering over one and all, not surprisingly, is Finney as the increasingly tormented but brave Alfie. [22 Dec 1994]
  4. 75
    The only thing of real importance in A Man of No Importance is Albert Finney's performance.
  5. 63
    The movie operates at the level of a literate sitcom, in which the dialogue is smart and the characters are original, but the outcome and most of the stops along the way are preordained.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    There are moments of genuine humor in the film, but Finney virtually sucks the oxygen out of the story, and even tempered pros like Gambon and Fricke can do little to save it.
  7. Reviewed by: James Hannaham
    The film has that made-for-UK-TV-but-theatriucally-released-inthe-US look, The shots are claustrophobic and grainy for no reason. [27 Dec 1994]

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