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: Claudia Puig
    88
    Buddy movies are a Hollywood staple, but Rory O'Shea Was Here puts a new and profoundly affecting spin on the tired genre.
  2. 75
    Funny and moving, and more entertaining than some of the movies you are considering this weekend.
  3. It addresses the essential human need for dignity, for freedom, for mastery over one's life.
  4. 70
    O'Donnell's directing is assured and glossy as befits a former maker of television commercials, and Jeffrey Caine's exuberant script sidesteps cliché -- just.
  5. Better than the usual three-stage journey of courage, heartbreak and redemption. In this case, the triumph of the human spirit comes with a small bitter chaser.
  6. The kind of inspirational movie that actually earns its crowd-rousing response as opposed to merely pushing the same old, emotion-coaxing buttons.
  7. If there's such a thing as freedom for everyone, Rory's determined to give the prospect its most grueling road test.
  8. 70
    Constrained by formula but executed with heart and humor.
  9. 63
    As a feel-good movie about disabled youths, Rory O'Shea Was Here gets the job done, but it isn't interesting or daring enough to make it worth a trip to a theater.
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 »