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  • Summary: A story about two old friends -- and ex-lovers -- whose surprise reunion turns their lives, and the lives of everyone else in town, hilariously upside down! (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Herman handled his script cleanly and cast the picture well. [09Jun1997 Pg 30]
  2. 75
    Brassed Off! is a traditional feel-good motion picture with an element of social commentary thrown in for good measure.
  3. The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman.
  4. There's a double meaning in the title of this folksy, relentlessly political, heavy-handed story, written and directed by Mark Herman and set among the coal mines of Yorkshire, England, in 1992.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    60
    However, writer-director Mark Herman never really achieves the correct balance between the serious and the feelgood, allowing an uneasy tone to prevail, while the small screen style and supporting cast of familiar TV faces suggests this would play more comfortably on the box.
  6. Writer-director Mark Herman seems genuinely moved by the plight of the mining communities, but his attempt to translate those feelings into a story shows the effects of hard labor.
  7. 30
    Trimmed to an hour, and tucked between a documentary on snails and an episode of Coronation Street, writer-director Mark Herman's Brassed Off could prove lively watching indeed. As it is, however, his pedestrian if sweetly well-meaning inspirational about a coal-mining town done in by Thatcherism is too long, too laborious and 15 years too late.

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