Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    An irresistible Irish comedy, lovingly told, beautifully acted and graced with the perfect balance of chuckles and bittersweet heartache.
  2. Lots of lively tunes and spirited acting.
  3. 70
    The film's modest charms are ingratiating and sweet, thanks to Colm Meaney's hilariously salty lead performance and a soundtrack that channels the warm spirit of traditional Ceili music.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Given a lift by its folksy soundtrack of toe-tapping Ceili dance tunes, the film is handsomely produced and engaging enough, but never more than that due to a weak dramatic arc and soft conflicts in Nicholas Adams' script and to John Irvin's functional direction.
  5. Appealing if obvious little fable.
  6. 60
    Gets by on infectious geniality.
  7. 60
    This uninspired comedy drama seems to have been bankrolled by the state tourism board, yet the Celtic music sequences provide welcome relief from the reheated plot.
  8. Isn't a total loss, but neither does it have the charm of "The Full Monty" or other feel-good indie Brit flicks it emulates.
  9. 50
    Grateful fans so enamored of traditional Irish folk music that they don't care how they come by it may enjoy John Irvin's folk-filled feature, but while there's lots of great Ceili music on tap, it's wrapped in a story so traditional that it's not especially interesting.
  10. 50
    Highly unoriginal tale.
  11. There will be occasional tears, there must be frequent laughs and the whole contrived structure has the calculated quaintness of Ye Olde Pub at a EuroDisney theme park.
  12. 50
    County Clare holds little of interest, with a generic story line and a cast that's mostly just going through the motions.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 8, 2011
    Surprised at the poor reviews. This one of my favorites of all time. Don't pay them mind and you'll enjoy! Both the story and music are greatSurprised at the poor reviews. This one of my favorites of all time. Don't pay them mind and you'll enjoy! Both the story and music are great and, yes, it'll make you want to go visit. Full Review »
  2. PaoloM.
    Apr 18, 2006
    This movie is just wonderful! The soundtrack is amazing, and Andrea Corr is a really good actress.