Evelyn Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 3, 2003
It's Kramer vs. Kramer, without the Kramers, a 'true story' without much of the truth.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 13, 2002
The movie has a script (by Paul Pender) made of wood, and it's relentlessly folksy, a procession of stagy set pieces stacked with binary oppositions.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 13, 2002
A simple, sentimental family drama for the holidays, Evelyn, alas, is also predictable and schematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 13, 2002
Evelyn has little to do with real life. For a more realistic true story, try this: Clueless moviemakers sucker innocent moviegoers into paying nine bucks for a stupid movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Instead of the clear-headed resolve the material demands, Beresford's film offers slush, blarney and grandstanding actors ...
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
December 16, 2002
Manipulative claptrap, a period-piece movie-of-the-week, plain old blarney... take your pick. All three descriptions suit Evelyn, a besotted and obvious drama that tells us nothing new.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
December 15, 2002
Evelyn jerks some earnestly sentimental tears, but for a true story it sure feels fake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 16, 2002
Brosnan's finest non-Bondish performance yet fails to overcome the film's manipulative sentimentality and annoying stereotypes.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 23, 2002
It's wonderful to see that the good guys defeated the meanies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 10, 2002
It's hardly clear why the case is 'hopeless' or why its legal precedent is dramatically important, but Beresford and his team whip up the puddin' into teary triumphs anyway.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 13, 2002
The film wakes up when the case goes to court, but until then it's a plodding affair and so saccharine that we have to wonder if we're really getting the whole story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 20, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2002
Evelyn proves you can take an inspirational, true story with tons of potential, and with a bad script, water down the impact until nothing works exactly right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Evelyn works as a modest parable, the truth shining through in spite of the filmmakers' unfortunate oversimplifications.
| Original Score: C+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...too schmaltzy to take seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brett Buckalew
FilmStew.com
June 12, 2003
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.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 19, 2002
The climactic scenes are a little too aggressively grandiose, the triumphant music a fraction of a decibel too loud.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jane Howdle
Empire Magazine
April 23, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
February 16, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Geoff Carter
Las Vegas Weekly
September 11, 2003
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