Rory O'Shea Was Here (2005)

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


Movie Info

Michael is a twenty-four-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in. Michael is stunned to discover that fast talking Rory, who can move only his right hand, can understand his almost unintelligible speech. Rory's dynamic and rebellious nature soon sparks a flame in Michael, introducing him to a whole new world outside of Carrigmore.

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Caine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 14, 2005
Runtime:
Focus Features - Official Site

Cast


as Rory O'Shea

as Michael Connolly

as Siobhán

as Fergus Connolly

as Con O'Shea

as Tommy

as Girl in Pub

as Girl in Pub

as Angry Man

as Nightclub Doorman

as Interview Panelist

as Interview Panelist
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Critic Reviews for Rory O'Shea Was Here

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (24)

Full marks for intent; barely a pass for execution.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Rory O'Shea is half sitcom, half sap.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

It addresses the essential human need for dignity, for freedom, for mastery over one's life.

February 24, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The script, despite doses of irreverent humour, feels manipulative...

Full Review… | February 19, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Funny and moving, and more entertaining than some of the movies you are considering this weekend.

Full Review… | February 18, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

For all its noble intentions and vigorous performances, never transcends the claustrophobic character study.

Full Review… | February 18, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rory O'Shea Was Here

½

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.

Tomassgringo
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

½

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.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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.."

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