Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
Watch On
  1. 60
    Writer-director Kirk Jones has the movie roll over, fetch and chase its own tail in order to make you love it.
  2. 60
    Though it strives for broad humor, pushing cuteness and light irony, this bland 1998 movie isn't exactly a comedy.
  3. 50
    Predicated on the slimmest of notions, this debut by Jones is so cuddly-cute in its desire to be pleasing that it's all but transparent.
  4. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    50
    Destined to be a crowd-pleaser though it may be, this collection of Irish quirks and "charm" tied together by a slender plot also leans heavily in the direction of predigested commercial claptrap.
  5. 50
    It's instructive that Waking Ned Devine is being so aggressively sold as a feel-good comedy; the "good" feeling in question is called condescension.
  6. 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.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  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. Full Review »