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The Snapper

The Snapper (1993)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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The Snapper is Stephen Frears's adaptation of the second book in Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy. The Curley family is a poor but eccentric and loving Irish family. Oldest daughter Sharon (Tina Kellegher) announces she is pregnant, but refuses to reveal the identity of the father to anyone. Her father, Dessie (Colm Meaney), is supportive, but begins to chafe at the derisive gossip aimed at his family and his daughter. This leads to a confrontation between the two that is, like the rest of the


Drama, Comedy

Dec 18, 2001


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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (1) | DVD (2)

Casting and playing are uniformly tops, with special praise for Fionnuala Murphy as Kellegher's best pal, Ruth McCabe as the quiet, long-suffering mom, and the five kids as her loopy brothers and sisters.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Better-than-average sitcom stuff, enhanced by the lively performances, Doyle's own adaptation, and the able direction of Stephen Frears.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Deeply affecting.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A small, joyful lark of a film.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This rip-roaring Irish comedy is the freshest surprise of the season.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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The marriage of humor and drama is admittedly imperfect, but it works well enough to occasionally spawn laughter and touch the heart, and there's a crucial scene between Colm Meaney and Tina Kellegher that is beautifully written, acted, and directed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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At once realistic and idealised, this is a rare attempt to make drama of ordinary people doing the right thing.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Gritty, charming and with a heart as big as the Emerald Isle itself.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Well written and directed, The Snapper celebrates common sense and human decency, qualities which triumph over prudishness and restrictive social mores.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Intimate and effective little drama from Stephen Frears.

November 5, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A charming Irish comedy in the same spirit as Waking Ned Devine. Colm Meaney is far funnier than his Star Trek credentials would suggest.

January 11, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

I can't get enough of those wacky Irish, and this film's got plenty.

October 24, 2002
New Times

A fun look at Irish life; warm, loud and comical.

August 22, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

An unforgettable portrait of an Irish family drama whose loving dad is also his daughter's knight in shining armor.

January 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Thanks largely to Colm Meaney's charming lead performance, it's just one of the most purely enjoyable comedies of 1993.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

A rowdy and rousing Irish comedy that will amuse its intended art-house audience but may also prompt some reflection about the family unit as it exists in the '90s.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

As always, Colm Meaney is brilliant, rough-hewn and bewildered by the changes going on around him, but determined to figure it all out and help his daughter as much a possible.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Snapper

Chief O'Brien takes a turn as an unexpected grandparent in a touching Irish film. The scene in the pub which takes place as his daughter gives birth is fabulous.
October 11, 2012
John Ballantine

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Hilarious! A brilliant movie about a family who go through the motions of everyday life.
Colm Meaney is fantastic in this one! A great comedy! Simply love it!
January 1, 2008
Leo L

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    1. Dessie Curley: How do you know he was Spanish? Or a sailor? He couldve been a Pakistani postman if you were that drunk!
    – Submitted by Barry R (2 years ago)
    1. Dessie Curley: Get out of me way ye dozy bollix.
    – Submitted by Andy R (2 years ago)
    1. Lester: Your a great little ride Sharon.
    – Submitted by Lorcan L (2 years ago)
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