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  • Summary: This story of an Irish man's fight to keep his family intact is an uplifting testament to a father's love and the power of the human spirit. (MGM)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    The star plays Doyle as just rough enough around the edges to warrant the character's setbacks, but not so unpleasant that the twinkle in his eye is extinguished.
  2. Doesn't overdo it on the 1950s period charm -- lots of tweed, old cars and bikes, great woolly sweaters and painted rowhouses -- and the performances never get out of hand, even when the plot does.
  3. 75
    Told with the frank simplicity of a classic well-made picture, it tells its story, nothing more, nothing less, with no fancy stuff. We relax as if we've found a good movie on cable. Story is everything here.
  4. 60
    As vivid as many scenes are, there are just as many that seem taken directly out of the Cute Irish Movie notebook.
  5. 50
    There was a fine family drama to be made here, but what we get instead is too sweet to swallow.
  6. 50
    Though not terrible, and blessed with some nice performances, this Irish-eyes-are-smiling-despite-the-rain-and-nasty-nuns story is Hallmark Hall of Fame material.
  7. Think of it as trope grope. Things are so relatively democratic nowadays that filmmakers have to rummage through the past for a truly shmaltzy story. And they don't come any shmaltzier than this.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. PatC.
    Nov 20, 2006
    A little folksy & melodramatic, but presented with a thorough awareness of how family law can be the most destructive force in a modern society. Those who have had to take on an abusive government to save their own children will find a lot ringing true here. I wish the content had been more painstakingly polished - it's relevance today is that important. Expand

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