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Brassed Off Reviews

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June 24, 2006
Writer/director Herman pulls off a popular, proletarian comedy which might actually appeal to the people it's about.
October 14, 2005
An accessible, entertaining package that is at once formulaic and cliché-busting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2004
Touching story is a good early showcase for McGregor
| Original Score: 4/5
September 19, 2004
fun but overrated
| Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2002
Brassed Off drives toward an ending that combines bitterness and high spirits, plus a heavy measure of romanticism. Like the movie itself, it's an odd mix with a lusty, lingering appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 23, 2002
Stirring film about losing your job and reclaiming your soul.
June 5, 2002
Like the music it celebrates, "Brassed Off" is in-your-face yet sentimental, rousing yet sad, defiant but full of heart.
July 9, 2001
Pete Postlethwaite's best film this summer!
Full Review| Original Score: 5
January 1, 2000
Shamelessly manipulative and sentimental, but in an agreeably familiar way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
"Brassed Off'' is a sweet film with a lot of anger at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Director Mark Herman conveys England's controversial mine-pit-closure program in a dark, docudrama style that echoes the gritty realism achieved in the works of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach.
January 1, 2000
McGregor breathes life into a less-than-interesting role, Fitzgerald shines and Tompkinson is excellent as a man on the brink of cracking up. But Postlethwaite takes top honours ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
In the end ... the undeniable power and emotional richness of this film swing the balance toward the good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
When it gets serious, "Brassed Off" is maudlin, mediocre and maddening. And, unfortunately, it gets more and more serious as it progresses.
January 1, 2000
A shining ensemble cast that hits all the right notes makes Brassed Off toot sweet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Mark Herman seems genuinely moved by the plight of the mining communities, but his attempt to translate those feelings into a story shows the effects of hard labor.
January 1, 2000
At once a tear-jerker and a life-affirming comedy, "Brassed Off" is the best kind of mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 1997
The cast is ardent as all get-out, but the most authentic emotional lift comes from the real-life Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, blowing their hearts out.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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