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Intermission Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
The great thing about Intermission is that you barely have time to spot the gaps.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 28, 2004
Not real Irish, but the movie kind: the latest to stumble off the [John] Ford assembly-line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
May 28, 2004
Such are the dangers of teaching foreign cultures to yelp like Reservoir Dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 24, 2004
Intermission bursts with the energy of a documentary filmed on the run with a stolen camera.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 16, 2004
Intermission is the first movie in ages to show us what Irish native Hollywood star Farrell is capable of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 9, 2004
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 9, 2004
One of those films that should keep you entirely entertained but that disappears from memory almost immediately.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 9, 2004
Invigorating fun -- cheeky, saucy, a bit crass and just drunk enough on its own sense of playful invention.
| Original Score: B
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
April 1, 2004
A welcome reminder that the best, most fun entertainment encourages thinking, not the cessation of it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 26, 2004
Very, very funny, thanks to a lively first script by Mark O'Rowe, who has a good ear for earthy dialogue and a sense of life's absurd little synchronicities.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 26, 2004
So full of pep you can't help surrendering to its creative energy.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 26, 2004
The cast is strong enough to overcome the more frantic moments and lend some weight to the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 26, 2004
Often unsettling -- random acts of violence outnumber those of kindness. But it's also touching, startlingly original and even profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 26, 2004
A virtuoso act from beginning to end, juggling violence and farce, coincidence and luck, characters with good hearts and others evil to the core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 25, 2004
There are some genuinely funny moments... There also are some genuinely horrifying ones. The problem is, they never really mesh.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
March 25, 2004
If Intermission isn't profound, it's got boisterous humor and energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 22, 2004
This is a likeable movie about nasty people.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 19, 2004
Visceral thrills and mordant humor are on this film's agenda, and it serves up both in style.
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 19, 2004
Working off a very funny and intricately formulated screenplay by Mark O'Rowe, what Crowley gives us is an entertaining example of Irish-Alt cinema ('alt' standing for both 'alternative' and 'Altman').
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 19, 2004
First-time director John Crowley and novice screenwriter Mark O'Rowe -- both Irish theater veterans -- make impressive movie debuts as they sketch a huge gallery of colorful characters, beautifully portrayed by a top-drawer cast.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 19, 2004
It's as if Crowley, a theater director, took Pulp Fiction as his guide without understanding its appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 19, 2004
A spiky comic treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2004
A tedious and under-inspired comedy about a dozen all-too-ordinary Dubliners leading lives of not-so-quiet desperation that intersect with one another improbably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 18, 2004
Surprise hovers over this dry-roasted and altogether compelling Irish comedy-drama like a creature waiting to stun the cast of the movie into submission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 18, 2004
A gritty tapestry embroidered with the light and dark chiaroscuro of wit and sorrow, Intermission is a jagged hymn to transience and the self-discovery it offers.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 18, 2004
A failed experiment with more than a few gleaming insights.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 18, 2004
A fairly saccharine collage of self-redemptive gestures and happy endings that, true to its title, only fitfully compels.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 17, 2004
The first Irish creation I've seen in ages to pull off the high-difficulty feat of trafficking in grit, drollery, and emotion without turning to blarney as a crutch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 16, 2004
Like a loud and intermittently charismatic drunk at a dreary dive bar, Intermission grabs your attention, but in no time you're looking for the nearest exit.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 24, 2003
Armed with playwright O'Rowe's fresh dialogue, the characters are a treat to get to know, but the most intriguing thing about the film is the always inventive way in which their lives intersect.