Stella Days Reviews

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Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
July 17, 2012
Martin Sheen gives a lilting performance as dogged Father Barry. Sheen continues his professional and personal journey. The ending may not be as firm as one might want, but Stella Days is a further step in Martin Sheen's spiritual journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 26, 2012
Sheen powerfully conveys his character's crisis of faith and the lightweight film captures its bleak setting and quirky townsfolk.
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John Anderson
Variety
June 22, 2012
There's no shortage of blarney in Stella Days, helmer Thaddeus O'Sullivan's largely winning drama about '50s rural Ireland, but it's blarney with a twist.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 21, 2012
Within the square framework, screenwriter Antoine O'Flatharta and director Thaddeus O'Sullivan are able to convey a lot about the atmosphere and attitude of a community in transition.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
June 19, 2012
Thanks to its understated elegance and surpassing central performance, this modest, too-eagerly schematic period drama is more engrossing than it has a right to be.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
June 19, 2012
While its catharsis is somewhat muted and its script uneven, this splendidly acted drama explores its themes with sensitivity, gentle humor and poignancy that will appeal in particular to older audiences.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 13, 2012
Working from a script as uneven as his accent, Sheen turns in an otherwise strong performance, but the sanitized Stella Days generates no real spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 22, 2012
Soft Irish accents and good intentions aren't enough to save the poky Irish drama "Stella Days," set in a small town on the cusp of change in the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 21, 2012
Relaxed performances and pillow-soft photography compensate somewhat for the story's narrow ambitions, but they're not enough to invigorate a movie that clearly would rather charm than challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 21, 2012
Well-meaning and well-done for what it is: overly familiar material lacking in viewer allure.
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