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The Brothers McMullen (1995)

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100

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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Shot on weekends over an eight-month period with practically no budget, writer/director/producer/actor Edward Burns' first feature is a family drama centering on the tumultuous love lives of three small-town, Irish-American brothers. Burns stars as Barry, the middle child who finds himself needing a place to stay and moves in with big brother Jack (Jack Mulcahy). Despite being seemingly happily married to Molly (Connie Britton), Jack gives in to temptation and begins having a sexual affair. All

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Edward Burns

Oct 3, 2000

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (3) | DVD (11)

It's easy to see what attracted Redford to Burns' first film. Burns' dialogue is natural and witty. Burns films with the gritty immediacy of a documentary, slipping a boom mic above backyard conversations over beers.

March 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

It's the sprightly profane dialogue, the dirty talk of the brothers about love and religion, that gives this otherwise old-fashioned comedy (imitative of Woody Allen) a modern feel and winsome drive, keeping it from getting stale.

April 30, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Burns' first (and still best) effort.

April 17, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

A good Movie of the Week. Engaging, a bit soapy, but with real circumstance & intelligent/plausable chat. However, tidies up too neatly in the end.

March 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

One of the best films of the 90's

March 10, 2005
Moviehole

Very relatable for Irish Catholics like me.

September 4, 2003
Aisle Seat

Not just horrid by itself, this opened the floodgates for all those self-absorbed indie "relationship" comedies of the latter 1990s.

June 11, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Draws three siblings into close contact as they struggle with the rigors of intimacy, sexuality, commitment and loyalty in love.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Brothers McMullen

Alright, but overrated.
November 20, 2006
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

A great writing debut for Burns. Nice dialogue. The banana scene is definitley memorable, bookbat. I wonder if the older folks get, the more sobering this movie might become. I'd love to see more from Jennifer Jostyn and Maxine Bahns.
May 3, 2006
binky013

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Great movie!
December 26, 2007
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