The Playboys Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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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.
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 6, 2005
There's magic in it.
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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
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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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Entertainment Weekly
April 22, 1992
Full Review | Original Score: B