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Black Irish Reviews

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Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 26, 2007
A small-bore Southie coming-of-age drama whose heart is just a bit bigger than its cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Richard Horgan
October 25, 2007
Gleeson inhabits the character in such a way that one cannot help but wonder how many Irish fathers like this he has personally known.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 13, 2007
The difficulties of coming-of-age in an Irish-American family with a violent older brother and a self-destructive father.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 3, 2007
While the film has many well-observed ultimately suffers from its relentless piling on of crises.
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 30, 2007
Could almost be labeled a Gaelic minstrel show, so riddled is it with every conceivable cliché and stereotype ever associated with the sons of Eire.
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Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2007
Black Irish boasts many memorable scenes and fine characterizations but ultimately plays more like a series of snapshots come to life than as an organically satisfying story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoff Berkshire
October 25, 2007
It'll be worth watching to see if [director Brad Gann] plays to his strengths on future projects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
October 25, 2007
The problem with Black Irish is that, like those photos shifted to cover the holes, not everything is hanging in quite the right place here.
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
October 25, 2007
It's too sincere and thoughtful to be immediately dismissed. But it is terribly frustrating viewing: so much time and creative energy spent making a movie that, in one form or another, the audience has already seen.
Kam Williams
Leader Newspapers, New Jersey
October 24, 2007
A drismal drama rather reminiscent of Angela's Ashes, especially in terms of maintaining a relentlessly pessimistic and morose tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 5, 2007
Writer-director-producer Brad Gann's tale of growing up in blue-collar South Boston features a strong central performance, but it doesn't miss a cliche of hardscrabble adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 30, 2007
The blarney isn't the only thing that's thick in writer-director Brad Gann's Black Irish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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