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When Brendan Met Trudy (Stolen Nights) (2001)


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 38
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: The references to other films are rather overdone, and the direction is uneven.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: The references to other films are rather overdone, and the direction is uneven.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 116


Movie Info

Brendan (Peter McDonald) is an anal retentive teacher and film buff. One night he goes to a pub and meets Trudy (Flora Montgomery), an outgoing, lively woman who is his complete and utter opposite. Against all odds, Brendan asks her out, and although their first date is disastrous, they gradually form an unlikely relationship. But Brendan is hesitant to completely trust Trudy; not only does she go out at all hours of the night, there are also news reports of a woman in a black balaclava who has … More

PG (adult situations)
Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Roddy Doyle
In Theaters:
Shooting Gallery


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Critic Reviews for When Brendan Met Trudy (Stolen Nights)

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (24)

Getting all the film references means you have to be a bit of a film buff yourself, but it's not essential to the enjoyment of this lighthearted satire.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Doyle should have spent more time on the story and less time in the video store searching for inspiration.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It feels churlish to complain about its borrowings from other films. But it feels insubstantial and redundant.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Brendan and Trudy and company deliver a grand good time.

Full Review… | March 13, 2001
Associated Press
Top Critic

One of the smarter, more likable attempts at neo-screwball comedy to hit the screen in a while.

March 9, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Being 'on' all the time is no easy task for an actor. But [Montgomery] makes it look natural.

Full Review… | March 9, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

The whole thing plays out a bit like an episode of Dream On, where film references are used in lieu of original thoughts or dialogue. The impact is, of course, directly correlated to whether or not you get what films are being referenced.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Not as formulaic as American-made romantic comedies, rent this one and pour yourself a Guinness.

Full Review… | September 22, 2002 will be remembered by true movie lovers a little better than it saccharine-coated competitors.

Full Review… | July 9, 2002

The type of film that begs to be called 'charming' and by doing so instead ends up grating.

Full Review… | May 14, 2001
Austin Chronicle

Cloying and tiresome.

Full Review… | May 4, 2001

If When Brendan Met Trudy suffers from anything, it's too much charm.

May 2, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Brimming with sweet Irish charm.

Full Review… | April 30, 2001

Maybe the film is only cotton candy, but as empty calories go, it's satisfying enough.

Full Review… | April 27, 2001
Kansas City Star

This unusual romance works brilliantly thanks to a terrific turn from McDonald and a career-making one from Montgomery.

Full Review… | April 27, 2001
Empire Magazine

A funny and delightfully engaging Irish romantic comedy.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
Spirituality and Practice

Too inconsequential.

Full Review… | March 29, 2001
Film Journal International

tickles us with its peculiar sense of humor

Full Review… | March 19, 2001

About 15 minutes into the picture, the story takes a sharp left turn, never to return to normality. Having the rug pulled out from under you has rarely been so much fun.

Full Review… | March 15, 2001
Aisle Seat

Charming but awkward ode to the travails along the path to true romance.

Full Review… | March 14, 2001

An infectiously acerbic romantic comedy with liberal doses of pop culture and media satire thrown in for good measure.

Full Review… | March 13, 2001
Boxoffice Magazine

Unfortunately, when he finds himself, apparently by convincing Trudy to come back to him, the film slides into sharp decline. In a screwball comedy, the man's turn -- to embrace girlish shenanigans and such -- is the end.

Full Review… | March 9, 2001

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