Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Daniel Wible
    60
    A harmless little charmer with a uniformly fine cast, played by the numbers for full tear-jerking effect.
  2. 60
    A plea for equality of opportunity, a worthy objective somewhat obscured by non-disabled actors occupying the lead roles. In any case, one imagines Rory himself would prefer a Farrelly disability blooper reel.
  3. 60
    It wants to humanize the plight of the disabled, but it undermines its worthy aims by presenting its leads as martyrs and saints.
  4. A shameless heart-tugger of considerable appeal that, like many movies that start off with much going for them, could have been so much better had its makers aimed higher.
  5. 58
    Perhaps a better moniker would have been "One Flew Over My Left Foot."
  6. Rory O'Shea Was Here gazes at the physically afflicted and just about begs for our sympathy long after we've grown restless and eager to feel something else.
  7. 50
    The manipulative climax works, even as you feel like the jerk in tear-jerking.
  8. Talented as they are, the wheelchair-bound stars of Rory O'Shea Was Here can't transcend a manipulative script.
  9. McAvoy is unerringly charming as Rory, a man who quickly discerns and dismisses well-meaning condescension. So one can't help wondering what he would think of this film, whose sentimentality comes across as smug.
  10. 50
    Grows ever more manipulative and predictable.
  11. McAvoy does his best with this subpar, heart-tugging material. At times his mix of easy charm and inner demon pulls Rory out from under the tired script, but those pesky dramatic forces keep pushing him back in for every predictable plot development.
  12. The script, despite doses of irreverent humour, feels manipulative, and the music is oblivious to nuance, with a spectacular misuse of Johnny Cash singing "Hurt."
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KeithW.
    Jul 2, 2006
    10
    See it-Not pandering-Lovely and honest.
  2. WilliamC.
    Mar 27, 2006
    7
    A very human story. In the same genre as Murderball and My Left Foot, where the normal viewer gets to understand a bit about the life and A very human story. In the same genre as Murderball and My Left Foot, where the normal viewer gets to understand a bit about the life and dreams of disabled people. Romola Garai adds sparkle and a glimpse of how each of might react to these courageous men. Full Review »
  3. DianeM.
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    Unlike others, I feel that this movie does not pander, but shows the possibilities for independence that people with disabilities can have. Unlike others, I feel that this movie does not pander, but shows the possibilities for independence that people with disabilities can have. The acting is superb, particularly that of the charismatic McAvoy and the ensemble cast really works. I did not feel that I had seen a clone of "My Left Foot" but another genuine masterpiece that could stand on its own. Full Review »