Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    Unfolds with such unforced inevitability that absurdity never condescends to sticky adorableness.
  3. 90
    Waking Ned Devine works up enough feel-good momentum that in the end it's irresistible.
  4. A roguish and delightful comedy of duplicity that's as entertaining as it is sly.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    A surpassingly sweet, funny and picturesque movie.
  7. The plot is far from intricate, but Waking Ned Devine more than makes up for its narrative simplicity with a uniformly engaging cast of Hibernian oddballs.
User Score

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
    Although 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
    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 the excessively simple and mildly gruesome resolution and it's hard to call it anything but decent. Full Review »