The Playboys Reviews

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Variety Staff
March 11, 2008
This familiar pattern of headstrong girl and passions brimming beneath the surface is well directed by first time Scottish helmer Gillies MacKinnon, though the pace slows in middle reels as plot gives way to the troupe's enjoyable stage performances.

Empire Magazine
March 11, 2008
Not amazing but watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

March 11, 2008
The wry Irish wit sits like froth on the head of a glass of Guinness, masking a deceptively bitter brew.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 11, 2008
It seems like everyone had a ball; I know I did.
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Jeff Menell
Hollywood Reporter
March 11, 2008
This absorbing film boasts several outstanding performances as well as a richness in both story and character that is much too rare these days.
Emanuel Levy
June 21, 2007
The film is set in 1957, before TV and cars became popular, thus explaining the centrality of two institutions in the Irish village: the church and the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
With time, place and mood sensitively evoked, this is solid, intelligent entertainment, mercifully free of the usual 'Oirish' clichés.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
This bit of blarney depicts a sweet, silly love triangle in 1950s provincial Ireland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 6, 2005
There's magic in it.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 18, 2003
Rfeveals the delights and the drawbacks of small town life.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Finney, looking puffy and ravaged in the role of a man who has lost much of himself to drink (and whose obsessive interest in Tara somehow offers him the chance of redemption), brings a furious, buried intensity to Hegarty's longing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The Playboys is low-key and disarming, and its appeal sneaks up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pamela Bruce
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
All in all, The Playboys is an Irish treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie seems determined to match our expectations, instead of challenging them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A movie of surprising charm and resonance.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
October 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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