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  • Summary: A raucous story of the interweaving lives and loves of small-town delinquents, shady cops, pretty good girls and very (very) bad boys. With Irish guts and grit, lives collide, preconceptions shatter and romance is tested to the extreme. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. A breed apart from anything coming off the Hollywood assembly line or, for that matter, from the saccharine romances Britain has lately produced.
  2. 88
    That it succeeds is some kind of miracle; there's enough material here for three bad films, and somehow it becomes one good one.
  3. Very, very funny, thanks to a lively first script by Mark O'Rowe, who has a good ear for earthy dialogue and a sense of life's absurd little synchronicities.
  4. Intermission is like a creme brulee, invigoratingly grainy when you bite into it but sweet and soft underneath. Director John Crowley and writer Mark O'Rowe infuse this Irish crime drama with such adrenaline that you don't realize how lightweight it is until after it's over.
  5. Reviewed by: Karen Karbo
    67
    A sort of low-down, dirty-faced Irish cousin of "Love Actually," the glossy smarm replaced by a jittery raunchiness.
  6. A black comedy that some viewers may take as an assault. The disconnect between the realism of its violence and the near-slapstick tone of some of its comedy is too much to be framed within one movie.
  7. Unfortunately, this latest effort is so mean-spirited and nasty that you wish Farrell hadn't bothered.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jun 7, 2013
    4
    What started off as an interesting anything-can-happen film ended up as a contrived story with no surprises. Excellent acting and music with some funny references, as they say in the U.S., but not enough to carry a very thin story. The saddest is that there is not one likable person in the whole movie from an annoying quadriplegic who hangs in the local pub to a repressed housewife whose husband has left her for a younger woman and all characters in between I was hard pressed to care about any of them. Expand

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