Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Reviewed by: Paul Merrill
    This is full to brimming with doleful pathos and a potent cast.
  3. Towering over one and all, not surprisingly, is Finney as the increasingly tormented but brave Alfie. [22 Dec 1994]
  4. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    A Man of No Importance is a small film with far more charm than its premise might suggest. It is acted with great warmth and wit by an ideal cast.
  5. 80
    A Man of No Importance is as rich and soulful as it is modest. [27 Jan 1995]
  6. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    Albert Finney is a beautifully mannered, lilting charm; he's more than ably supported by Dubliners Michael Gambon, Brenda Fricker, Tara Fitzgerald and others. [27 Jan 1995]
  7. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    Finney's portrayal of Alfie is heartbreaking in its naïveté about his own desires, yet he also brings to the character an unbridled joy in life's basic pleasures.
  8. Reviewed by: David Armstrong
    [Krishnamma] gives the story a dimension of pent-up anguish and melancholy.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Albert Finney's name on a cast list is a guarantee of pleasure, and there's much to savor besides in Suri Krishnamma's A Man of No Importance. [03 Feb 1995]
  10. 75
    The only thing of real importance in A Man of No Importance is Albert Finney's performance.
  11. It's a modest film in most respects, but Albert Finney as Alfie is a man of great importance indeed, reminding us again that he's one of the most towering talents in film today.
  12. 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.
  13. Director Suri Krishnamma, depends on Finney for its power. His great performance carries the film over its shallow spots, its wish fulfillment, its pull toward caricature. [03 Feb 1995]
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The movie has more on its mind than its delicate frame can handle, but Finney remains an actor of importance and prodigious charm. [27 Dec 1994]
  16. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    Despite fine work from his actors and smooth technical polish, the more provocative elements of the tale arise awkwardly and grate against the early section's almost whimsical nature.
  17. As usual, Albert Finney gives a towering performance in his new movie, "A Man of No Importance," and, as usual, the movie around his performance is not much. [03 Feb 1995]
  18. Even though it stars Albert Finney, this is a picture of no importance, undone mainly by its self-ingratiated cuteness.
  19. 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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