Brassed Off Reviews

September 9, 2020
Pete Postlethwaite is moving as the bandleader, whose dream of taking his players to compete at the Albert Hall nearly eclipses his appreciation of the dire issues they face.
September 9, 2020
"Brassed Off" is about as sloppy as it gets, but for nearly two-thirds of the movie the gushiness is pretty much kept in check. And those two thirds are quite a treat.
November 22, 2017
It survives through its never-failing sense of humour and the fact that by its loving depiction of alternative values -- of warmth and community -- to the ones it assaults, you feel it has earned the right to turn attacker.
September 7, 2011
July 6, 2010
Herman has come up with a neat idea in a setting he knows and understands, and the script, helped along by an excellent selection of Brit character actors, has a generally taught, well-worked-over feel.
June 24, 2006
Writer/director Herman pulls off a popular, proletarian comedy which might actually appeal to the people it's about.
May 5, 2005
April 12, 2002
January 1, 2000
Occasionally, watching it is like being hectored by a blowhard who won't stop spraying mucus droplets on your face.
January 1, 2000
Its heart is in the right place, it has a great soundtrack, and it keeps the viewer entertained.
January 1, 2000
The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman.
January 1, 2000
"Brassed Off'' is a sweet film with a lot of anger at its core.
January 1, 2000
In the end ... the undeniable power and emotional richness of this film swing the balance toward the good.
January 1, 2000
A shining ensemble cast that hits all the right notes makes Brassed Off toot sweet.
January 1, 2000
Shamelessly manipulative and sentimental, but in an agreeably familiar way.
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 ...
January 1, 2000
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.