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Rory O'Shea Was Here (Inside I'm Dancing) (2005)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 35

The dramatic aspects of Rory O'Shea Was Here veer into mawkish, formulaic sentiment, which undercuts the characters' individuality.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 14

The dramatic aspects of Rory O'Shea Was Here veer into mawkish, formulaic sentiment, which undercuts the characters' individuality.



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Two guys facing more challenges than most people learn some valuable lessons about life and love in this comedy drama. Michael Connolly (Steven Robertson) is a young man in his early twenties who suffers from cerebral palsy; confined to a wheelchair, Michael's speech is unintelligible to all but a handful of people, and his situation has made him shy and withdrawn as he spends his days at a home for the disabled in Dublin. One day, a new arrival moves in at the home -- Rory O'Shea (James

Jun 14, 2005

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All Critics (70) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (35) | DVD (10)

Full marks for intent; barely a pass for execution.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Rory O'Shea is half sitcom, half sap.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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It addresses the essential human need for dignity, for freedom, for mastery over one's life.

February 24, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The script, despite doses of irreverent humour, feels manipulative...

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Funny and moving, and more entertaining than some of the movies you are considering this weekend.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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For all its noble intentions and vigorous performances, never transcends the claustrophobic character study.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A modest, relatively low-budget affair graced with strong stars and sharp dialogue.

June 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Director Damien O'Donnell has achieved a warm and uplifting movie which is marred only by a brief drift into melodrama in the middle.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A technical mess. The final version looks like an unfinished cut.

October 2, 2006
Christianity Today

O'Donnell should be lauded for offering a sensitive portrayal of disabled people without ever being patronizing.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Spiky-haired, handsome MacAvoy shows us how to be audacious and prominent without moving more than his face and two fingers.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

narrowly focused drama

May 8, 2005 Full Review Source:

Irish drama about disability, interdependence and self-determination is nothing new, but it's nicely made, with two great performances.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Netflix

Tries and fails to juggle humor, sentimentality and political correctness with its punk war cry.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: MetroActive

Rory O'Shea, challenging and difficult to watch at times, is to be applauded for taking us about as close to reality as a situation like this allows.

March 25, 2005

Randle Patrick McMurphy in a motorized wheelchair.

March 18, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Perhaps a better moniker would have been One Flew Over My Left Foot.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Nobody will be shocked to learn people with cerebral palsy are people too

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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This problematic individual is quickly reduced to symbolic chump change. Pale martyrdom ensues, as he's dulled down and sanctified according to trite Hollywood formula. Yawn.

March 5, 2005
Philadelphia Weekly

How ironic that a movie that claims to assert independence for the disabled cannot set its protagonists free for even a second.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Tries and fails to juggle humor, sentimentality and political correctness with its punk war cry.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

...but that's not enough to drag yourself or your loved ones to the cinema.

February 27, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

Director Damien O'Donnell and his terrific cast lend the film authenticity by quickly retreating whenever the proceedings threaten to get too cloying or sappy.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source:

It's a nice effort, enlivened by the work of McAvoy. His O'Shea is a memorable rebel who keeps self-pity at bay with good humor, and the occasional pint of Guinness.

February 25, 2005
Philadelphia Daily News

Audience Reviews for Rory O'Shea Was Here (Inside I'm Dancing)

Since I am disabled I do not feel as guilty rating this movie on the low end. It was predictable and little new to the plight of the disabled was offered. The sweet story at the heart of this film is lost in the "look at me act" disabled. Steven Robertson does and excellent job.... but I get tired and frustrated with him as I try to understand his character. Tired to the point of losing interest.
December 18, 2010

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On one hand, I think I should be cynical about this film: suggest it is emotionally manipulative and functions on the "strength" of its cliches. After all, it features two men with severe disabilities and attempts to prove the thesis that we should all carpe diem. These are not new themes, nor is it new to have an inspirational cripple story. On the other hand, I was thoroughly impressed by McAvoy's and Robertson's performances. Both were exceptionally convincing in their characters and their characters' disabilities (Robertson especially), and Garai turned the role of "the girl" into a sweet but tough feminist. But these are tangential to the fact that all of emotional manipulation worked on me. I found myself affected by the story even as I realized its cliche predictability. Rory O'Shea Was Here is like a one night stand: it doesn't amount to much the next morning, but the "during" sure was enjoyable.
November 13, 2010
Jim Hunter

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CAST: James McAvoy, Steven Robertson, Romola Garai, Brenda Fricker, Gerard McSorley, Tom Hickey

DIRECTED BY: Damien O'Donnell

SUMMARY: When Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy) moves into a home for the disabled with a diagnosis of muscular dystrophy and befriends a deeply bored young man with cerebral palsy (Steven Robertson), he infuses his pal's life with renewed hope, even as he struggles with his own demons. O'Shea refuses to surrender to the desperation of his life, choosing instead to embrace the potential in everyday opportunities. Romola Garai co-stars in this uplifting drama.

MY THOUGHTS: "Probably now my favorite James McAvoy movie. It was funny, heartwarming, and inspiring. The story is strong and you really start caring for the two lead characters. The acting is superb. Rory has muscular dystrophy and not much time left in this world. He's determined to make every moment of it enjoyable. He rebels against his disease and everything they say is impossible for him to do. He refuses to not live. That's so inspiring. He becomes fast friends with Michael. Michael has cerebral palsy and has lived in an institution his whole life. He's never dreamed of a life outside of the institution, but on a trip to a meeting Rory has to be granted independent living inspires Michael to want the same. It's unbelievably sad that the disabled have to ask permission to live freely like others their age, when the rest of us take that freedom for granted. This isn't just a movie about two disabled guys. Its a look at a piece of their lives and their fight for independence and the fun they have along the way. I loved it. For those who aren't interested you should give it a chance. Great film.."
June 20, 2010

Super Reviewer

A sweet film with some good performances. It succeeds because It doesn?t get too sentimental or preachy.
September 24, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Rory O'Shea: You've got the future, Michael. That's what I call a gift. You can't give it up!
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