Evelyn (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though predictable and sometimes overly sentimental, Evelyn still manages to be heartwarming.

Movie Info

One man takes on the Irish family law system and the Catholic Church in a bid to be reunited with his children in this drama, based on a true story. In 1953, Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) was a house painter and decorator who, despite a strong work ethic, had a hard time holding on to steady work. Desmond's wife had grown tired of her marriage and her husband's financial problems, and one day walked away from her home, leaving Desmond to raise their three children on his own. While Desmond … More

Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Pender
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 15, 2003
Box Office: $1.3M
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as Desmond Doyle

as Evelyn Doyle

as Bernadette Beattie

as Nick Barron

as Michael Beattie

as Thomas Connolly

as Wolfe

as Sister Brigid

as Sister Felicity

as Dermot Doyle

as Justice McLaughlin

as Maurice Doyle

as Henry Doyle

as Charlotte Doyle

as Mrs. Daisley

as Inspector Logan

as District Judge

as Brother Eustace

as Sister Theresa

as Father O'Malley

as Annette Farrell

as Pub Musician

as Pub Musician

as Miss Gilhooly

as Gamekeeper

as Minister of Educatio...

as Justice Ferris

as Justice Hall

as Hugh Canning

as Honest Owen O'Leary

as Irish Times Reporter

as Justice Lynch

as Brother Eustace

as Justice Daley

as Slippery Sam, the Gr...
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Critic Reviews for Evelyn

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (32)

A sprightly pace and a fatalistic sense of humor propel the proceedings over a generous amount of drinking jokes and other cliches of Irish life and culture.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

Instead of the clear-headed resolve the material demands, Beresford's film offers slush, blarney and grandstanding actors ...

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

While it does have its charm, and it does, it's a pretty bad, pretty hokey piece of fluff that never really registers as a genuine drama, only as an emotionally manipulative piece of dribble with actors that give horrible accents.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Did director Bruce Beresford have to ratchet up the saccharine of an innately sentimental story?

Full Review… | February 6, 2009

It offers few surprises, but the strength of the performances, and Beresford's touch as a director make it a worthwhile diversion.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Evelyn works as a modest parable, the truth shining through in spite of the filmmakers' unfortunate oversimplifications.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Audience Reviews for Evelyn


Tear jerker for sure and a good storyline and acting.

Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer


Overall, it was a well made picture about Man Against Establishment. Lord and lady knows I'm a sucker for those. Pierce Brosnan played the character wtih as much emotion as he always brings to these roles and was a joy to watch. The films where fathers are shown as loving devoted parents, equal to or greater than the mothers are few and far between, sad to say.

It does, however, bring back to the forefront in my Irish Celtic brain how much the catholic church has enslaved the minds, souls and very government of a once proud matriarchal pagan society. So while I cried for the father fighting to get his kids back, I also cried for Erinn.

All right, I'll say it. It's heartwarming. That's right, it warms the heart. No cynicism, maybe a little Hallmarkish at times, but just one of those movies that makes you sad, makes you angry, and finally makes you happy. In the roles I've seen of his, Pierce Brosnan either plays a variation of his James Bond character or a character lampooning and/or winking at such. This is the first movie I've seen him in where he plays something other than a sophisticated (or pretending to be sophisticated like in "The Matador") man of the world. Here he's just a working class Irishman trying to get his kids back. And danged if he doesn't pull it off. Julianna Margulies pulls off a believable Irish brogue, and Stephen Rea is always a pleasure to watch, as is Aidan Quinn, who plays a familiar role of the stoic good guy. Of course with a title like "Evelyn", the picture really hinges on the title character, and luckily Sophie Vavasseur turns in a, yes, heartwarming performance. She's a young adult in a little girl's body, but not in a creepy Dakota Fanning type of way, just a no-nonsense girl whose daddy raised her right.

J Dean

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