Rocky Road to Dublin Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 18, 2010

The idealistic Peter Lennon, a Paris-based Guardian journalist, films a deeply affectionate look at his homeland on his return home.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
Top Critic
May 11, 2007

What could have been a turning point was instead a footnote of Irish cinema, seen now to be a presciently accurate assessment of Ireland's turbulent national character at a pivotal time of transition.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 10, 2007

At times the film is a bit random and rambling, but these vignettes are an invaluable record of life in Ireland during the '60s, with the final images of children running through the streets a symbol of hope for an unfettered future.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
Top Critic
August 19, 2006

Lennon's analysis is always lucid but only skims the surface, and Coutard appears more interested in people than politics.

David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 19, 2006

Odd premise and conclusions but despite Peter Lennon's controversial viewpoint this remains compelling.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 18, 2006

Argues, lucidly and surreptitiously, for the extinction of a country's outmoded sate of affairs.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nathan Lee
New York Times
Top Critic
August 16, 2006

This 1968 survey of Irish life remains noteworthy for its historical perspective, sardonic tone, lively structure and finely etched black and white cinematography.

| Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Leyland
August 15, 2006

This is a tough but tender snapshot whose sociological and artistic merits have stood the test of time.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. Emmet Sweeney
Village Voice
Top Critic
August 15, 2006

If the film's cultural work is finished, its historical place will always be secure.

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