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Only the Lonely (1991)

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Critic Reviews: 2
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Writer-director Chris Columbus mines Paddy Chaveysky's Marty for this bittersweet comedy about a lonely 38-year old Chicago cop dominated by his harridan mother. Danny Muldoon (John Candy), in spite of being well known and well liked in his neighborhood, still lives at home with his mother Rose (Maureen O'Hara, returning to the screen after a twenty year absence) and spends most of his time worrying about her. One night at the local Irish bar, he meets the shy Theresa Luna (Ally Sheedy), whose

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Chris Columbus

Jun 14, 2005

Anchor Bay Entertainment

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (8)

A pretty easy ride, almost entirely because of John Candy and the miraculous casting of Maureen O'Hara.

November 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Orchestrates a peaceful stream of gags and one-liners while piecing together a puzzle of broken hearts...one of Columbus's best films, and easily ranks as Candy's most dimensional performance. He's a joy to watch here.

May 24, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

As a romance, Only the Lonely undoubtedly succeeds.

June 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Surprisingly pleasant, moving comedy from Chris Columbus.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Odd but hilarious Columbus comedy.

February 7, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

One of Candy's sweetest (and most underappreciated) films

December 19, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

John Candy sells it.

August 5, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Only the Lonely

One of John Candy's best characters.
October 20, 2013
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

It's a cute movie, with cute actors and a cute plot. The wife, Ally Sheedy was annoying as hell and had more mom-issues than I've ever seen. How anyone couldn't love Maureen O'Hara is beyond me.
January 10, 2011
theylovealexis

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Funny movie. Bout a guy who finds love and learns to let his mother take a backseat to his life.
November 10, 2009
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A wonderfully light RomCom that stands as one of the best tributes to John Candy (alongside Uncle Buck).

Though, this is a comedy, it still allows Candy to show his true acting skills, and many of the choicest comedy moments go to Maureen O'Hara as Candy's mother, who almost steals the film.

It is a sad trait in Hollywood theory which appears to dictate that comediens can't do serious acting and so should never be given serious roles, yet many have proved this to be wrong. John Candy himself proved it in JKF, Dan Aykroyd did in Driving Miss Daisy, and Robin Williams has done it on numerous occasions.
August 8, 2009
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