Brooklyn Reviews

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November 9, 2015
There's a basic emotional truth about the material which stays with you.
November 6, 2015
"Brooklyn" is at times swooningly romantic, but it's so much more than just a love story. It's a coming of age tale woven into America's coming of age.
November 6, 2015
I hesitate to call Brooklyn heartwarming because that usually implies something overweeningly tender. But it's possible to be heartwarming and tough-minded, as this wonderful film demonstrates. And it's possible to be both old-fashioned and vibrant, too.
November 6, 2015
The really good decision taken here is the constant close concentration on the face of Saoirse Ronan, still only 21. The film lives in her.
November 5, 2015
Saoirse Ronan, who must be among the front-runners for the Best Actress Oscar, gives a remarkable performance as Eilis Lacey, a young woman who moves from small-town Ireland to New York.
November 5, 2015
Saoirse Ronan's expressive face carries this tender romance across the Atlantic, from small-minded Enniscorthy in Ireland to big-hearted New York.
Top Critic
November 5, 2015
It's a measure of her power and of the spell cast by this lovely movie that for hours, maybe days after you leave the theater, you'll want to stick around and find out what's around the corner for this now voyager.
November 5, 2015
It summons up a full life in a fable about happiness-pursuing it, achieving it. And bestowing it; the film made me happy too.
November 5, 2015
Although Brooklyn is technically a love story, it's unfair to stop there. It's about discovering who you are regardless of where you find yourself.
November 5, 2015
Without Ronan's performance, Brooklyn might have left a sugary taste. But she is the ingredient that brings everything together: her calm poise anchors almost every scene and every shot.
November 5, 2015
This is an old-fashioned entertainment, but one so masterfully crafted and heartfelt that it's hard not to love.
November 5, 2015
Brooklyn has an old-fashioned perfection so incandescent, and so winning, that it's almost spooky. It could have come from an alternative, postmodern universe.
November 4, 2015
Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen in the year's best and most beguiling love story. The surprise is that it also goes deeper, sadder and truer.
November 4, 2015
Its beating heart is 21-year-old Saoirse Ronan, once the bright-eyed teen from Atonement but now, on evidence here, the most quietly expressive actor of her generation.
Top Critic
November 4, 2015
Brooklyn is an elegant testament to the dream of first experience, relatable to everyone, regardless of where you're from-elevated to no small degree by the blue emerald eyes and creamy complexion of its star ...
November 4, 2015
Brooklyn doesn't quite capture Brooklyn, but its ambivalence about being Irish is gloriously epic.
November 4, 2015
If I may be utterly, unabashedly frank, I admit that the first time I saw this picture I started crying about forty minutes in and never really stopped. They were not all sad tears, I hasten to add.
November 4, 2015
There's great humor and touching, tentative romance. And gradually the film turns its very specific story of one immigrant into a moving group portrait.
November 3, 2015
It's certainly a compliment to director John Crowley and screenwriter Nick Hornby (adapting the novel by Colm Tóibín) that the film calls to mind Steven Spielberg and even John Ford in its willingness to commit to the grand gesture.
November 3, 2015
Ms. Ronan uses everything - her posture, her eyebrows, her breath, her teeth, her pores - to convey a process of change that is both seismic and subtle.
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