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The Commitments Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
August 16, 2011
It's a relaxed, colorful creation, remaining true to rascally human behaviors while respecting the unifying power of music. Downright irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 20, 2008
The film offers no message, no solutions, only a great time at the movies.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 6, 2008
Does a remarkable job of balancing a feel of lower-class life with the sheer exuberance the music brings.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 10, 2008
This typically slick but largely enjoyable Alan Parker offering is the story of the rise and demise of a young Irish soul band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
March 10, 2008
Director Alan Parker's story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul is fresh, well-executed and original.

March 10, 2008
Sharply written and executed with real verve, this is an enduring and enjoyable comedy-drama that showcases some great performances both on and off-stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2008
This is probably Alan Parker's best film, in part because it's one of his most modest.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny, this is Parker's best to date.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 7, 2005
High-energy fun
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
Based on Doyle's first novel, Alan Parker's movie offers a fresh, captivating portrait of a new band whose goal is to bring 1960s soul music to working-class Dublin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Plath
March 11, 2005
Has the raw power of a documentary and a driving musical soundtrack.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 22, 2004
Pure pleasure on every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 14, 2004
Groundwork for The Full Monty school of condescending films about noble blue-collar western Europeans who like their beer dark and their unemployment light.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Athitakis
February 22, 2004
If it's light on meaning, it's strong at presenting the visceral pleasures of music, which can be extremely difficult to do
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
February 4, 2004
Alan Parker -- stick to music-related projects! You're great at them!
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Mckay
August 10, 2003
A surprisingly blissful combo of Brit humor and Soul music.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 18, 2003
A full-steam-ahead cinematic triumph propelled by the raw energy of a talented cast and the vibrancy of a dozen soul classics.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Parker is capable of whipping a series of quick, well-edited snippets into a happy collage of musical high spirits.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Although parts of the story are dramatic, overall it is an ironic comedy, and a very funny one at that, as the band manager tries to keep this group of conflicting personalities from flying apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 11, 2003
Brash and joyous, the kind of musical we need more of.
| Original Score: 5/5
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