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When Brendan Met Trudy (Stolen Nights) (2001)



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

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


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 10

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



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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 115

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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


Drama, Romance, Comedy


Roddy Doyle

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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.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Doyle should have spent more time on the story and less time in the video store searching for inspiration.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It feels churlish to complain about its borrowings from other films. But it feels insubstantial and redundant.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Brendan and Trudy and company deliver a grand good time.

March 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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One of the smarter, more likable attempts at neo-screwball comedy to hit the screen in a while.

March 9, 2001
Seattle Times
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Being 'on' all the time is no easy task for an actor. But [Montgomery] makes it look natural.

March 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

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

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

July 9, 2002 Full Review

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

May 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Cloying and tiresome.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian

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.

April 30, 2001 Full Review Source:

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

April 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

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

April 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A funny and delightfully engaging Irish romantic comedy.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Too inconsequential.

March 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

tickles us with its peculiar sense of humor

March 19, 2001 Full Review

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.

March 15, 2001 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

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

March 14, 2001 Full Review Source:

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

March 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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.

March 9, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters

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