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Evelyn Reviews

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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
March 27, 2009
A sprightly pace and a fatalistic sense of humor propel the proceedings over a generous amount of drinking jokes and other cliches of Irish life and culture.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Instead of the clear-headed resolve the material demands, Beresford's film offers slush, blarney and grandstanding actors ...
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 1, 2003
| Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 3, 2003
It's Kramer vs. Kramer, without the Kramers, a 'true story' without much of the truth.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 3, 2003
Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn, and Alan Bates play Desmond's legal eagles, and when joined by Brosnan, the sight of this grandiloquent quartet lolling in pretty Irish settings is a pleasant enough thing, 'tis.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
December 27, 2002
Your head may want to resist Evelyn, but your heart will have a hard time of it.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 26, 2002
From any other filmmaker, Evelyn would be merely a forgettable good intention, but when you consider that Beresford is the man who brought us Black Robe and Breaker Morant, it approaches heartbreak.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 26, 2002
You can't help but like its unequivocal sentimentality.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 25, 2002
There was a fine family drama to be made here, but what we get instead is too sweet to swallow.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 24, 2002
So verbally flatfooted and so emotionally predictable or bland that it plays like the standard made-for-TV movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 24, 2002
There is enough good and good-spirited about Evelyn -- beginning with the performances by Brosnan and Vavasseur -- to forgive its more treacly moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 24, 2002
With its personal feel, its more-than-capable cast and its rousing courtroom finale, it's the sort of picture that makes 'old-fashioned' a good thing.
| Original Score: B
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
December 20, 2002
Intelligent and moving.
| Original Score: B+
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
December 20, 2002
There's real inspiration to be found in this warmly told David and Goliath story, and 'tis a fine time to revel in that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 19, 2002
The film is predictable in the reassuring manner of a beautifully sung holiday carol.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 19, 2002
Evelyn's strong cast and surehanded direction make for a winning, heartwarming yarn.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 13, 2002
The movie has a script (by Paul Pender) made of wood, and it's relentlessly folksy, a procession of stagy set pieces stacked with binary oppositions.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 13, 2002
Told with the frank simplicity of a classic well-made picture, it tells its story, nothing more, nothing less, with no fancy stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 13, 2002
A simple, sentimental family drama for the holidays, Evelyn, alas, is also predictable and schematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 13, 2002
Proves a pleasant enough way to while away a rainy afternoon.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 13, 2002
The film wakes up when the case goes to court, but until then it's a plodding affair and so saccharine that we have to wonder if we're really getting the whole story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 13, 2002
Evelyn may be a weightless picture, but it's hardly torture to sit through.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 13, 2002
Good-looking, well-acted and now and then shamelessly sentimental paean to perseverance, spirit and Irish humor.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2002
Despite a story predictable enough to make The Sound of Music play like a nail-biting thriller, its heart is so much in the right place it is difficult to get really peeved at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 13, 2002
If the real-life story is genuinely inspirational, the movie stirs us as well.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
December 13, 2002
It's a blarney bath from the word go, with unbearably winsome characters spinning out Irishisms by the yard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 13, 2002
Despite its treacly sentimentality, predictability and gutless evasiveness about the power of the church in 1950s Ireland, Evelyn manages to be an enjoyable piece of family entertainment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 13, 2002
Though the film is spongy and drenched in sweetness, Bruce Beresford's direction is steady and well oiled.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 10, 2002
It's hardly clear why the case is 'hopeless' or why its legal precedent is dramatically important, but Beresford and his team whip up the puddin' into teary triumphs anyway.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 10, 2002
A shamelessly uplifting motion picture that attains its feel-good status by forging a deep emotional connection between the undertrodden protagonist and the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 9, 2002
This is a sincerely crafted picture that deserves to emerge from the traffic jam of holiday movies.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2002
It's traditional moviemaking all the way, but it's done with a lot of careful period attention as well as some very welcome wit.