The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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All Critics (36)
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| Fresh (28)
| Rotten (8)
Three female friends grow up in a small town in Ireland in the mid-50s and attend college in Dublin in this nostalgic soap opera that's vaguely evocative of Peyton Place, though generally less memorable.
Old-fashioned and nostalgic, Pat O'Connor's nicely directed tale of friendship between three Irish girls features a strong central performance from Minnie Driver that promises a bright future in Hollywood pictures.
The fizzing dialogue gets all the little details right, but the plot's nothing new, and the lingering shots of hibernian greenery aim straight for mid-Atlantic bland-out.
Beyond eliciting warm, animated performances from his actors (with a cast that also includes Alan Cumming as a hair-raising suitor of Benny's), Mr. O'Connor gives Circle of Friends an enveloping look and sound.
Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.
Young Benny has a nice smile, and she and Jack seem like pleasant people, but in the end (and in the beginning and in the middle) it's hard to get worked up about them.
An enchanting, if denture-rottingly sweet, yarn.
A familiar tale of busty lasses and lusty lads, it's lent extra weight by fine writing and accomplished performances.
Driver, who delivers a piercingly subjective performance, is the linchpin of the film's quiet appeal.
Sweet Irish melodrama, with a hilariously oily performance by Alan Cumming.
It's intelligent and moving and it never resorts to cheap melodrama.
Wry, wise, and wonderful valentine to intimate matters of the heart.
If you like coming-of-age films, this one is great. 'Circle' follows three girlfriends from Confirmation through university. Minnie Driver is wonderful as Benny, the plain one. It is also interesting to see these actors - Minnie, Chris O'Donnell, Colin Firth, etc. in early roles in their careers.
Excellent adaptation of Maeve Binchy's novel. Minnie is brilliant.
Minnie Driver fans will want to see this for a look at her pre-Hollywood work. She gained 30 pounds for this role and still looks great. Colin Firth fans may want to skip this one, but Alan Cumming fans might want to see what a truly creepy character he can play. Chris O'Donnell . . . well, as usual, nothing much to write home to mother about.
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