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Red Roses and Petrol (2008)

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10

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 9

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64

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 278

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Their father having recently died, three estranged Irish siblings come together under the same roof for the first time in years in director Tamar Simon Hoffs' feature adaptation of an original stage by Joseph O'Connor. As the wake ends and day fades to night, old tensions begin to emerge as revelations about child abuse, sibling rivalries, and suspected infidelities gradually come to light. Malcolm McDowell, Olivia Tracey, and Max Beesley star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Drama, Comedy

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (14)

Little about the Doyles makes you want to partake of their sour hospitality, even if it's only for an hour and a half.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Because Petrol is so grim, its few moments of repentance and reconciliation don't feel as contrived as they might otherwise; if any film has earned the right to be sentimental, it's this one.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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As even a novice moviegoer would expect, they argue and drink, then argue and drink some more.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Solid performances and a literary feel help turn a standard family-rift drama into a dry but saucy narrative.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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If, as Tolstoy observed, happy families are alike, and each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, the Dublin-set film Red Roses and Petrol didn't get the message, being a dysfunctional clan movie that feels dispiritingly like all the others.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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In Red Roses and Petrol, a soused, post-funeral postmortem on a dysfunctional Dublin family, the misery seeps from the screen in cold, damp waves; by the end you'll be grabbing for the bottle yourself.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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With her static camera, director and co-writer Tamar Simon Hoffs has done little to move it out of its staginess.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Mired by clich and oddly beset by a sense of false Irishness.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Hoffs locks down her characters in unimaginatively framed medium shots, while mixing in a few monochromatic flashbacks, some video footage of the dead patriarch and two fast-cut sequences in a vain attempt at visual variety.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

I(TM)d rather just sit in on one of my own families squabbles; we(TM)re much more entertaining.

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Red Roses and Petrol

An Irish family gather for the death of the father and some drinks. No one is happy or quiet about it. Fingers of blame are frequent in this static production that looks very much like the static stage production that spawned it, and by the end I felt as if I'd endured a soap opera marathon. Two minor characters eyeball the proceedings early on and beat a hasty retreat ... I was wishing to've left with them.
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