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The Commitments Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Although parts of the story are dramatic, overall it is an ironic comedy, and a very funny one at that, as the band manager tries to keep this group of conflicting personalities from flying apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 11, 2003
Brash and joyous, the kind of musical we need more of.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
December 27, 2002
One of the rare band-oriented movies that feels authentic.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
The Commitments is a remarkable movie that's full of realism and humor, full of dreams realized and shattered, and instead of talking about music's redemptive and transcendent power, the film shows it to full and marvelous effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 2, 2002
One of Parker's most enjoyable films
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
Ok it's good....but did it deserve the hype?
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
A celebration of black soul one of the whitest places on Earth.
| Original Score: 87/100
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Parker keeps going for the glitz. He may have shot The Commitments in Ireland, but his soul never left Hollywood.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As music and human comedy, it works just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Yeovil
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
This is an infectious musical story of rise-and-fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Alan Parker's sexy, hilarious, exuberantly energetic new film, The Commitments, has so much rhythmic juice that it's nearly impossible to stay in your seat.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The musical numbers, actually performed by the on-screen band, are sensational.
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The movie isn't about the band, really; it's about having a chance when the cards are stacked against it. It's about climbing out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The musical choices are perfect, they are performed thrillingly and the audience will quite probably be dancing in movie theater aisles before it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The real stars of this film are the music (big surprise) and the hard- edged working-class (and lower) settings in northern Dublin.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
April 6, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 15, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 3, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Nicolas Lacroix
May 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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