A Love Divided Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2001
An Irish drama that's a lot more sly and a lot less straightforward than it appears on the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 30, 2001
Powerful indictment of the lengths human beings will go to to be right.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 21, 2001
A cautionary tale of the mischief that can happen when men no longer see their neighbors as human.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 7, 2001
The gripping A Love Divided will leave you taking sides, whether or not that was the film's intent.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 22, 2001
A solid, balanced period piece that focuses on a specific place and time yet resonates with universal themes.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 21, 2001
Sydney Macartney, whose previous directing experience had been mostly in television, deals freshly with situations that also could have been cliches.
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
June 1, 2001
Personal views aside, this small, well-crafted Irish production achieves importance by saying what it intends to say with both strength and conviction.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 1, 2001
Fine performances ... help keep it from seeming excessively schematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 1, 2001
A disquieting study of how irresponsible demagoguery can ignite an ideological wildfire that consumes an entire community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
May 25, 2001
A 'thesis' film that will offend Catholics and stimulate considerable post-movie discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 28, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
December 14, 2001
A tug-at-your-heartstrings weepie from the sledgehammer school of filmmaking.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 12, 2001
The drama feels artificially pumped-up.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 21, 2001
It's like a PBS version of a movie of the week about child abduction, complete with histrionic, spit-flecked speechifying in quaint Irish brogues.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 23, 2001
Overplays its hand, with far too much melodramatic shouting from leads Liam Cunningham and Orla Brady.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 6, 2001
Both overly familiar in its themes and uncomfortably close to melodrama.
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
June 1, 2001
It fails to arouse much more than deep annoyance.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
May 29, 2001
Impeded by overemphatic camerawork and a meandering POV.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
July 20, 2001
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