DreamWorks Distribution | Release Date: March 19, 2004
7.4
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Generally favorable reviews based on 23 Ratings
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pjo.Nov 22, 2004
A fast-paced look at several interconnected suburban Dubliners, both in interior vulnerabilities as well as harder exteriors. Funny more than serious, this dramedy could be set anywhere in view of blue-collar lifestyles, though it A fast-paced look at several interconnected suburban Dubliners, both in interior vulnerabilities as well as harder exteriors. Funny more than serious, this dramedy could be set anywhere in view of blue-collar lifestyles, though it wouldn't be as good set elsewhere. I liked the ADHD cinematography and there's enough action to keep a fast pace. What I liked most about this movie is the characters are not always likable, and there is no lesson or moral shoved down our throats. Though it clearly has an end, it isn't prettily packaged and tied with a big bow. The film opens with a very literal bang, but ultimately the characters are infinitely more interesting than the plot and the ensemble cast performs tremendously making the sum worth far more than the individual pieces. 7/10 for a good bit of fun. Expand
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RoseyM.Nov 4, 2004
One of the best movies I have seen in a while. Give it a chance and you'll be surprised.
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PrestonF.Apr 8, 2004
A first rate twisted tale.
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CameronS.Jun 4, 2004
[***PLOT REVELATIONS***] Intermission is a movie in touch with its requisite Celtic soul and is a film filled with many characters, reality television, plot devices, twists, moustaches, brown sauce, and unpleasant fun. It is a strangely[***PLOT REVELATIONS***] Intermission is a movie in touch with its requisite Celtic soul and is a film filled with many characters, reality television, plot devices, twists, moustaches, brown sauce, and unpleasant fun. It is a strangely acceptable, pulpy, inspired, intertwining black comedy set in Dublin. What I could figure out with the plot and the characters: John (Cillian Murphy) & Oscar (David Wilmot) have horrible jobs at a supermarket. They robbed a truck full of brown steak sauce a few months back and the put the sauce on everything. John just broke up with his girlfriend Deidre (Kelly McDonald), who is now going out with Sam (Michael McElhatton): a balding, married middle-aged man. Oscar is in longing for a woman, and painfully masturbates to porn. So he and now-lonely John go to a mature club in the film's funniest scene. He meets Noeleen, who is married to Sam and is real rough in the sack. John, now seeking vengeance against Deidre for going out with another guy has set up a burglary with the angry Irishman, Lehiff (Farrell), in which they will take Sam to a bank and hold Deidre hostage. Assisting is an unemployed bus driver, whose bus was flipped over with Deidre's sister, Sally on board, who is starting to grow a moustache, it is no Burt Reynolds, but it's there. Also, Detective Jerry Lynch and a renegade television documentary director, who wants to see more reality in his routine job that involves stock-still rabbit races. So he and the detective go on a spree of police beating and pestering of drug dealers. Eventually they are lead into a chase with Lehiff that has a superb black Irish moment. A particularly lively scene that I liked is when Oscar seeks out an easy lay in the mature nightclub. It's comic not only because they are the only ones under 40 there, but also because of the approaches the older women have towards them. Intermission's interweaving of the distinctive parties comes from an obvious service of Tarantino-esque but still remains true to itself. It is an inspiration that comes from the most inspired and influential film of the 1990's, "Pulp Fiction." And while no out-chronology, interwoven film has yet to touch it, Intermission shows exactly why "Pulp Fiction" was such a landmark film of contemporary cinema and such a great impact on every single film since then. It also shares similarities with last year's romantic epic, "Love Actually," where there were a dozen of romance stories that all come together at the end. But instead of saccharine, director John Crowley and writer Mark O'Rowe have carefully put everything onto two slices of bread and out came a delicious sandwich, with lots of brown sauce to go on top of it. Expand
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Bluezboy8Mar 29, 2004
This film kind of felt like something Tarantino would produce (if he were from Dublin). Not exactly a feel-good flick, but made compelling by its sly and boorish wit. U.S. references make for some of the funnier bits. The audience is taken This film kind of felt like something Tarantino would produce (if he were from Dublin). Not exactly a feel-good flick, but made compelling by its sly and boorish wit. U.S. references make for some of the funnier bits. The audience is taken hostage almost immediately, but then steadily, willingly follows. Good with a Guinness! Expand
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