• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Gray
    In Theaters:
    Mar 25, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 12, 2011
  • Screen Media Films

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White Irish Drinkers Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

A period drama that's as predictable and cliched as green beer on St. Patrick's Day.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2011
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

The dialogue and action in White Irish Drinkers couldn't be more on the nose if the film was intended to be a parody. Sadly, Gray means for us to take it seriously.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 3/10

May 5, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Under no circumstances would I recommend that you see "White Irish Drinkers." But if you do, a good, stiff belt would not be a bad idea.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 29, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Every kitchen-sink dramatic cliché is trotted out in John Gray's Brooklyn period piece.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 28, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Writer-director John Gray was blessed to find the faces of actors Thurston and Murphy.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 22, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A movie that one watches with the sense of pushing it up a hill.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 21, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

I normally kind of like these sort of modest genre movies, but this is just marinating in its own mediocrity.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

April 18, 2011
Andy Klein
Christian Science Monitor

Veteran TV director John Gray brings little or nothing new to conflicts we've seen in an endless stream of movies, including Saturday Night Fever and (to go straight to the top of the list) Mean Streets.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

March 25, 2011
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

White Irish Drinkers is a visceral experience.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 25, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Despite the cliches that push every scene forward, there's an unexpected appeal to John Gray's modest drama, emanating from its center.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

March 25, 2011
Amy Amatangelo
Boston Herald

Here's a 1970s-set film nostalgic for the days young Irish-American men addressed each other as "ya' hump."

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C

March 25, 2011
Anthony Venutolo
Newark Star-Ledger
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The basic outline of the plot, built around a promised local concert by the Rolling Stones - well, if you don't know where that story is headed, you haven't seen as many movies as I think you have.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

March 25, 2011
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix

This is a gritty, dreamy Everyman story, sure to resonate with viewers who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Writer-director John Gray digs into his own background to create the ardent and atmospheric White Irish Drinkers. The close, cramped intimacy of this film is so real it stings.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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White Irish Drinkers is a heavy borrower deep into the pocket of pop culture's loan shark, and lacking the grace to acknowledge the debt.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 25, 2011
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV

It's an authentic New York slice of life, and the "coming of age" story has depth. The main character is at a crossroads and you'll be rooting for him all the way.

Full Review Source: NY1-TV

March 25, 2011
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY

White Irish Drinkers contains a cast of characters who are as loud, brash and pugnacious as that title would suggest. They also represent just about every Irish-American stereotype.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

March 25, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Saturated with atmosphere and strongly acted, the movie is a far more resonant and convincing portrait of working-class life than the recent awards-bait phoniness that called itself "The Fighter."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2011
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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Frequently enough at the movies, an isolated scene can take place in which an actor who may or may not be the lead steals the whole film through naked emotion, or power, or eloquence. Mr. Lang certainly has one here.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 25, 2011
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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The clichés are what make "White Irish Drinkers" a drearily predictable bout...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 24, 2011
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