The Commitments Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Parker keeps going for the glitz. He may have shot The Commitments in Ireland, but his soul never left Hollywood.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 15, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Entertainment Weekly
August 14, 1991
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As music and human comedy, it works just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 8, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
The Commitments is a remarkable movie that's full of realism and humor, full of dreams realized and shattered, and instead of talking about music's redemptive and transcendent power, the film shows it to full and marvelous effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
A celebration of black soul music...in one of the whitest places on Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 17, 2002
Ok it's good....but did it deserve the hype?
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 11, 2003
Brash and joyous, the kind of musical we need more of.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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-
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
The real stars of this film are the music (big surprise) and the hard- edged working-class (and lower) settings in northern Dublin.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 6, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 10, 2008
Director Alan Parker's story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul is fresh, well-executed and original.
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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.
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.
James Plath
Reel.com
March 11, 2005
Has the raw power of a documentary and a driving musical soundtrack.
| Original Score: 4/5

Movieline
October 18, 2008
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