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Waking Ned Devine (1998)

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87

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 2

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Just as the charming British film The Full Monty told the story of simple men willing to shed their clothes for money, Waking Ned Devine is the story of older Irish men who pursue money and take off their clothes. Commercial director Kirk Jones makes his feature directing debut with a story about a small town in Ireland called Tulaigh More, where one of their 52 inhabitants wins the lotto jackpot of nearly seven million pounds. When nobody claims it, the town goes on a search to find out why.

PG,

Comedy

Kirk Jones

Jun 1, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (10) | DVD (12)

A genial, feel-good item.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Though it strives for broad humor, pushing cuteness and light irony, this bland 1998 movie isn't exactly a comedy.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Charming performances and easygoing humour are the strengths of Jones's enjoyable Oirish romp.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Completely delightful movie.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Breezy little comedy.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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There is some nudity in Ned Devine, but it's the funniest nudity in movies in ages.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Some funny parts, but kids may not be interested.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

As the twin revelations of a wonderfully unexpected pay-off prove, in the end there's no substitute for wit, invention and real, priceless humour.

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

Irresistibly charming.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Jones could have done worse than to fashion this slight entertainment, but it's also clear that he could do much better.

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

You'll love Waking Ned Devine.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The film is tediously slow. The actors seem to pause too long between lines and the storytelling is far too smooth.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There is no sense of newness to the story.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Gentle in most of its humor, but also has just enough edge and bite to keep it from being gaggingly gooey.

October 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Like the hit movie The Full Monty, this British import has its funny shots of naked men.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

There's plenty of enjoyment to be found here, whether it be the humor, the honest performances, or just the sheer beauty. And I have to admit, it put me in the mood for a pint.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Loopy, charming.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

A rollicking and playful comedy that encourages us to catch joy as it flies.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The beauty of this film is its simplicity. It's good old-fashioned story-telling, following the increasingly desperate attempts of a group of lovable rogues to fill their pockets.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

an inspired if sometimes uneven offering, mixing broad physical comedy with touching melodrama and a few hints of dark black humor

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Waking Ned Devine

Charming Irish comedy with a pretty dark but nevertheless sweet sense of humor about a small village trying to find out which one of their own won the lottery millions, discovering quite a bit of a surprise. The mostly aged cast delivers lovable and quirky characters you easily cheer for. Once the dilemma is on the table things maybe go a little too smoothly, so the plot could have used a turn or two more in the second half. But that doesn't take anything away from how enjoyable this film is. The Irish countryside and soundtrack add up to the quirky, traditional feel of the movie that makes it hard not to be absolutely enchanted by the story.
September 25, 2011
ironclad1609

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Weird, I thought I rated this already on my Gx acct? Just watched it again, 2 old farts, 1 small village and a winning lottery ticket. My kind of funny ^_^
September 19, 2010
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Ginny  X

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Oh so funny!
March 15, 2010
smith44

Super Reviewer

I have a soft spot in my brain for movies set in Ireland, and this one fits the bill perfectly. A small town looks for a way to claim a winning lottery ticket after the winner drops dead from shock before he can claim his prize. Very sweet, funny film with elderly people as the stars, not just as background characters.
September 14, 2009
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