Dancing at Lughnasa (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)



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This adaptation of Brian Friel's play focuses on five Irish sisters and takes place in 1936 on a Donegal farm. The story of a turning-point summer is told in retrospect by the adult son of one of the women and begins when the sisters welcome home their older brother Jack.

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Meryl Streep
as Kate Mundy
Michael Gambon
as Father Jack Mundy
Catherine McCormack
as Christina Mundy
Kathy Burke
as Maggie Mundy
Sophie Thompson
as Rose Mundy
Brid Brennan
as Agnes Mundy
Rhys Ifans
as Gerry Evans
Darrell Johnston
as Michael Mundy
Lorcan Cranitch
as Danny Bradley
Peter Gowen
as Austin Morgan
Dawn Bradfield
as Sophie McLoughlin
Marie Mullen
as Vera McLoughlin
John Kavanagh
as Father Carlin
Kate O'Toole
as Chemist
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Critic Reviews for Dancing at Lughnasa

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (6)

Soapy melodrama masquerading as high art.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007

so beautifully captures the details of its time and place and its characters' lives that it's difficult to resist being drawn in.

Full Review… | June 23, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

A meditative film that lyrically affirms the small acts of love, courage, and kindness that knit a family together in the face of hardship and change.

Full Review… | March 3, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

A deftly structured memory piece as beautifully sad as it is charming.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

[Director] O'Connor exercises both admirable restraint and disciplined editing. The camera's eye brings us painterly beauty in the harsh Irish landscape.

January 1, 2000

On stage, the play may have worked, but this movie version doesn't.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Dancing at Lughnasa


This movie gave me a feeling of emptiness and sadness. And I felt pity for the sisters, their whole existence was all the same... But the actresses are marvellous.

Nadia Chloe
Nadia Chloe

An okay movie starring Meryl Streep playing the eldest of 5 unmarried sisters in 1930's Ireland trying to keep life as normal as possible. Her Irish accent was impeccable. This movie had an incredible amount of potential but just seemed to continuously fizzle the last hour... as a matter of fact I am not even sure how it ended. Disappointing.

Angela Kitchen
Angela Kitchen

A strong cast and a a sweet story about sisters in a small Irish town.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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