Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. 80
    Agnes Browne hums along as a series of pleasant vignettes, only frantically shifting to a single narrative track in its third act for the sake of an unbelievably upbeat ending.
  2. Those needing their Irish fix will be satisfied and no doubt will leave the theater in far greater spirits.
  3. A standout feature of the movie is its representation of female friendship.
  4. Even though the soap employed is Irish Spring, this is still a soap opera.
  5. Modest and prosaic, with an unfortunate fairy-tale ending (yes, it features Tom Jones).
  6. Anges has nothing but affection for its characters and fondness for their quirkiness.
  7. 63
    This is a modest but likable film, and Anjelica Huston plays a heroine who makes us smile.
  8. A bawdy comedy that convincingly celebrates the resilience of the urban poor and the power of friendship in the teeth of despair.
  9. 63
    A satisfying Irish stew made from very familiar ingredients.
  10. A pleasant little confection that leaves behind the sneaking suspicion it should have amounted to so much more.
  11. It flies apart when it clumsily introduces humor at a funeral or an application for death benefits.
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Huston, with a flawless Irish accent, is simply wonderful as the tough, foul-mouthed and very funny Agnes Browne.
  13. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Anjelica Huston, a gifted and sometimes extraordinary actress, has given herself the title role in her second outing as director---a bitof miscasting for which the director, and not the actress, must be blamed
  14. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    It is -- in mood, execution, and shameless sentimentality -- a Bette Midler movie with an Irish accent.
  15. Reviewed by: Jan Stuart
    Huston is a sucker for sentiment, and Agnes Browne is a sap's holiday.
  16. Has an episodic rhythm and little dramatic tension.
  17. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    There are a reserve and a realism in Huston's work that make her very modest film more affecting than you might expect.
  18. A generally well-made tale of humor and hard luck.
  19. 58
    Though the film occasionally rises to moments of genuine emotion and wit, it slips appallingly into corniness and hokum before coming to an abrupt and unconvincing end.
  20. The material is familiar and the ending is corny, but Huston's acting and directing keep the comedy-drama likable if not very imaginative.
  21. Floats along on the strength of its writing and supporting cast.
  22. Great slabs of blarney are washed down with tears and Guinness in this yarn about a struggling Irish clan, and the resulting sentiment is blatant enough to wake Ned Devine.
  23. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    There's nothing really wrong with Agnes Browne, except a tendency to take a few easy, convenient outs.
  24. 50
    The movie's strength is in its comedy; a tragic subplot feels merely manipulative.
  25. The jokes run hot, cold and tepid.
  26. 30
    A character-driven piece with a character who seems somewhat hollow.
  27. Soft-boiled blarney so sluttish with Hollywood clichés it could've been made in Burbank.

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