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The Commitments Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
September 6, 2016
Joyous '90s musical-drama has lots of profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dustin Putman
TheBluFile.com
August 29, 2016
Memorable, lingering in one's mind after it has ended. Perhaps, in the end, it's a tad wiser than it initially lets on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 16, 2011
It's a relaxed, colorful creation, remaining true to rascally human behaviors while respecting the unifying power of music. Downright irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 20, 2008
The film offers no message, no solutions, only a great time at the movies.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 6, 2008
Does a remarkable job of balancing a feel of lower-class life with the sheer exuberance the music brings.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 6, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
March 10, 2008
This typically slick but largely enjoyable Alan Parker offering is the story of the rise and demise of a young Irish soul band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 10, 2008
Director Alan Parker's story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul is fresh, well-executed and original.

Film4
March 10, 2008
Sharply written and executed with real verve, this is an enduring and enjoyable comedy-drama that showcases some great performances both on and off-stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2008
This is probably Alan Parker's best film, in part because it's one of his most modest.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny, this is Parker's best to date.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 7, 2005
High-energy fun
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 30, 2005
Based on Doyle's first novel, Alan Parker's movie offers a fresh, captivating portrait of a new band whose goal is to bring 1960s soul music to working-class Dublin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Nicolas Lacroix
EnPrimeur.ca
May 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Reel.com
March 11, 2005
Has the raw power of a documentary and a driving musical soundtrack.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 22, 2004
Pure pleasure on every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Athitakis
Filmcritic.com
February 22, 2004
If it's light on meaning, it's strong at presenting the visceral pleasures of music, which can be extremely difficult to do
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
February 4, 2004
Alan Parker -- stick to music-related projects! You're great at them!
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 8, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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