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  • Summary: From the land where fairy tales were born comes a disarmingly original comic fable about the true meaning of fortune. (Fox Searchlight)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. This one's so much fun, it's worth taking the whole family.
  2. Kirk Jones, who wrote and directed this blithe comedy, has been a prize-winning director of television commercials. And he has the knack of finding rubbery, expressive faces and letting each villager's quirks emerge on cue.
  3. 90
    Waking Ned Devine works up enough feel-good momentum that in the end it's irresistible.
  4. There's not a whole lot to Waking Ned Devine, but it may be enough for those who like their quirky comedies from the British Isles - a burgeoning genre now - both atmospheric and gentle.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    70
    This slight movie gets by on its grungy charm, if not its class.
  6. The wonder is that the cast -- a terrific ensemble with talents honed on such hallowed stages as the Abbey Theatre -- brings it off with far more verve than the slight tale deserves.
  7. Reviewed by: Ilana Lindsey
    40
    While one can detect a genuinely amusing screenplay somewhere under the flat direction and mysteriously stiff performances, the film is tediously slow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 11, 2014
    6
    Although it is more of a lighthearted drama than a straight-up comedy, "Waking Ned Devine" still presents a wholesome message and someAlthough it is more of a lighthearted drama than a straight-up comedy, "Waking Ned Devine" still presents a wholesome message and some delightful performances. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2013
    5
    A decent but slow movie. Overall it was enjoyable, but at times it failed to adhere to the principle of Chekhov's Gun. Couple that with theA decent but slow movie. Overall it was enjoyable, but at times it failed to adhere to the principle of Chekhov's Gun. Couple that with the excessively simple and mildly gruesome resolution and it's hard to call it anything but decent. Expand

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