Red Roses and Petrol Reviews

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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
September 12, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tenley Woodman
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Little about the Doyles makes you want to partake of their sour hospitality, even if it's only for an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 27, 2008
As even a novice moviegoer would expect, they argue and drink, then argue and drink some more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 27, 2008
Solid performances and a literary feel help turn a standard family-rift drama into a dry but saucy narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News
June 27, 2008
With her static camera, director and co-writer Tamar Simon Hoffs has done little to move it out of its staginess.
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New York Times
June 27, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
June 27, 2008
Mired by clich and oddly beset by a sense of false Irishness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 25, 2008
Tamar Simon Hoffs's bland-as-boiled-cabbage adaptation of Joseph O'Connor's play finally hobbles into theaters, reminding us every 15 seconds that just because it looks distinctly American and was shot in California, it's a fookin' Irish movie.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 8, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Campos
Film Threat
October 27, 2007
I(TM)d rather just sit in on one of my own families squabbles; we(TM)re much more entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
October 18, 2008
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