• Evelyn
    2 minutes 16 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Evelyn Reviews

Eddie Cockrell
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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 Source: Variety

March 27, 2009
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Instead of the clear-headed resolve the material demands, Beresford's film offers slush, blarney and grandstanding actors ...

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: B

March 1, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's Kramer vs. Kramer, without the Kramers, a 'true story' without much of the truth.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 3, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 3, 2003
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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Your head may want to resist Evelyn, but your heart will have a hard time of it.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 27, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 26, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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You can't help but like its unequivocal sentimentality.

December 26, 2002
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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There was a fine family drama to be made here, but what we get instead is too sweet to swallow.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

December 25, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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So verbally flatfooted and so emotionally predictable or bland that it plays like the standard made-for-TV movie.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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There is enough good and good-spirited about Evelyn -- beginning with the performances by Brosnan and Vavasseur -- to forgive its more treacly moments.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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With its personal feel, its more-than-capable cast and its rousing courtroom finale, it's the sort of picture that makes 'old-fashioned' a good thing.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

December 24, 2002
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Intelligent and moving.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

December 20, 2002
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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There's real inspiration to be found in this warmly told David and Goliath story, and 'tis a fine time to revel in that.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2002
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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The film is predictable in the reassuring manner of a beautifully sung holiday carol.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

December 19, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Evelyn's strong cast and surehanded direction make for a winning, heartwarming yarn.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 19, 2002
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 13, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Told with the frank simplicity of a classic well-made picture, it tells its story, nothing more, nothing less, with no fancy stuff.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2002
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A simple, sentimental family drama for the holidays, Evelyn, alas, is also predictable and schematic.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Proves a pleasant enough way to while away a rainy afternoon.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2/4

December 13, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 13, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
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Evelyn may be a weightless picture, but it's hardly torture to sit through.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 13, 2002
John Anderson
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Good-looking, well-acted and now and then shamelessly sentimental paean to perseverance, spirit and Irish humor.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Despite a story predictable enough to make The Sound of Music play like a nail-biting thriller, its heart is so much in the right place it is difficult to get really peeved at it.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 13, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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If the real-life story is genuinely inspirational, the movie stirs us as well.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2002
Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
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It's a blarney bath from the word go, with unbearably winsome characters spinning out Irishisms by the yard.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

December 13, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Despite its treacly sentimentality, predictability and gutless evasiveness about the power of the church in 1950s Ireland, Evelyn manages to be an enjoyable piece of family entertainment.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Though the film is spongy and drenched in sweetness, Bruce Beresford's direction is steady and well oiled.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 13, 2002
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 10, 2002
James Berardinelli
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A shamelessly uplifting motion picture that attains its feel-good status by forging a deep emotional connection between the undertrodden protagonist and the audience.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is a sincerely crafted picture that deserves to emerge from the traffic jam of holiday movies.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 9, 2002
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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It's traditional moviemaking all the way, but it's done with a lot of careful period attention as well as some very welcome wit.

September 11, 2002
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