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Evelyn (2002)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 73 | Rotten: 41

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


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 9

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



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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


Art House & International, Drama

Paul Pender

Apr 15, 2003


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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (41) | DVD (16)

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.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Instead of the clear-headed resolve the material demands, Beresford's film offers slush, blarney and grandstanding actors ...

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's Kramer vs. Kramer, without the Kramers, a 'true story' without much of the truth.

January 3, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn, and Alan Bates play Desmond's legal eagles, and when joined by Brosnan, the sight of this grandiloquent quartet lolling in pretty Irish settings is a pleasant enough thing, 'tis.

January 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Your head may want to resist Evelyn, but your heart will have a hard time of it.

December 27, 2002
Arizona Republic
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From any other filmmaker, Evelyn would be merely a forgettable good intention, but when you consider that Beresford is the man who brought us Black Robe and Breaker Morant, it approaches heartbreak.

December 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Old fashioned spirit and resolve work well in a movie like 'Evelyn.'

October 14, 2004 Full Review
Kansas City Kansan

Modest in almost every respect, yet deeply satisfying.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...too schmaltzy to take seriously.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

After The Tailor of Panama made it clear that Brosnan can slide into character-based comedy with ease, Evelyn proves that his more challenging, dramatic work is in desperate need of being vigorously shaken and stirred.

June 12, 2003 Full Review Source:

Here's a sweet film to rent for Father's Day or Christmas. It's a heart-warmer, charming, and shot with a sugary cinematic eye.

May 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

In honour of this movie, bars everywhere may wish to offer a new kind of Irish coffee called the "Evelyn": made with whiskey, coffee and a gallon of treacle.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian

Fluffy, light-hearted and with a nicely comic script that sparkles with all the warm glow of an Irish picture postcard, Evelyn is an enjoyable 90 minutes of unashamedly clichéd shamrock shenanigans.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source:

Yes, it's a bit warm and quaintly Irish (down to the freckled children and rosy-cheeked barmaid!), but it's also a crackling story about the difference between the law and justice.

March 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A film for those that rarely go to the movies 'because they don't make movies like they used to.' Well, apparently they do...

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Adults might find the movie on the slight side, though it's a good choice for family night viewing.

February 26, 2003
Creative Loafing

As saccharine movies go, this is likely to cause massive cardiac arrest if taken in large doses.

February 25, 2003 Full Review Source:

Swells the heart in that predictable yet sweet way all come-from-behind pictures should.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Evelyn may be based on a true and historically significant story, but the filmmakers have made every effort to disguise it as an unimaginative screenwriter's invention.

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Director Bruce Beresford follows a straightforward and predictable path, yet succeeds in pulling your emotional strings even when you know what's coming.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Audience Reviews for Evelyn

Tear jerker for sure and a good storyline and acting.
June 8, 2009

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