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The Boys and Girl From County Clare (2003)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 7

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British filmmaker John Irvin directs the musical comedy drama The Boys From County Clare. Set in the late '60s, the story involves a pair of rival brothers reuniting for the All-Ireland Traditional Music Competition in County Clare, Ireland. As defending champion John Joe (Bernard Hill) gets his local Celtic band ready to compete, his estranged brother, Jimmy (Colm Meaney), blows into town from Liverpool with his own band. John Joe's pianist, Maisie (Charlotte Bradley), isn't happy to see Jimmy,

Jul 12, 2005

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Makes music almost an afterthought, and as such it never truly sings.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Irresistible to all those with the slightest speck of Irish blood running in their veins. Or even those non-Irish viewers with a weakness for Irish plays, Irish music, Irish dancing, lilting Irish accents or pints of Guinness.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Don't ever think that Hollywood has the market cornered on formula flicks. Those folks from across the pond, in Britain and its environs, can do predictable with the best of them.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Really just a long fiddle session in a very familiar pub.

March 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Give this movie the back of your hand.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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How high is your tolerance for charming ****e?

July 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Never catches its rhythm.

April 28, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Holds little of interest, with a generic story line and a cast that's mostly just going through the motions.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Seems like used goods...the utter predictability of not only the main plot but every subplot attached to it overwhelms any good will you might bring to it.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

This tale of longstanding sibling rivalry set against a Ceili music competition doesn't score any points for originality, but it's a likeable enough 90-minute outing, especially for Eirephiles.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Pushes the least interesting relationships to the front and shoves the most interesting ones too the back.

March 18, 2005 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

While there's lots of great Ceili music on tap, it's wrapped in a story so traditional that it's not especially interesting.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This sweet but lightweight Irish ditty hits the expected notes and proves pleasing enough, mostly due to its appealing performers.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

The charm of "The Boys and Girl from Country Clare" might be compared to the charm of Ceili music: infectious in its beat, but after a while it all sounds the same.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

Lots of lively tunes and spirited acting.

March 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for The Boys and Girl From County Clare

A gem of a movie! This was a sweet movie with all the wonderful Irish elements a person could want: family mis-communication, drinking, fiddles, fun music, and a sweet love story. Very well done, with some very good, recognizable actors...
December 20, 2012

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