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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. It's full of good heart, and you can't help but like its unequivocal sentimentality.
  2. 75
    Isn't just a feel-good movie; it's a feel-good-and-righteous movie. And audiences will forgive its flaws.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    While Brosnan, an Irishman by birth, lays it on bit thick, his performance is surprisingly effective.
  5. 50
    May be a weightless picture, but it's hardly torture to sit through. Just watch out for those angel rays.
  6. The film is at its best when painting the atmosphere and detail of 1953 Dublin.
  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
    8
    A little folksy & melodramatic, but presented with a thorough awareness of how family law can be the most destructive force in a modern 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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