The Groomsmen Reviews

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April 22, 2009
Writer/director Ed Burns adds a droopy fourth chapter to his Irish-American working class films...
March 1, 2007
Secure in its indie identity and wholly entertaining, The Groomsmen deserves hordes of filmgoers seeking quality alternatives to the bigger summer pictures.
January 16, 2007
September 21, 2006
A standard big-weekend-where- friends-gather-and- everyone-has- a-secret movie.
August 25, 2006
This is the movie I believe Burns has been trying to make since The Brothers McMullen, 11 years ago.
August 25, 2006
Traffics in such familiar territory as sibling rivalries, generational estrangements and broken dreams. But it slowly, sometimes too slowly, connects with the viewer.
August 23, 2006
It appears that as a filmmaker Burns is having as much difficulty maturing as his characters do.
August 19, 2006
Its realistic portrayal of an almost extinct small-town dynamic between friends and family is not to be missed.
August 10, 2006
The Groomsmen may be low-cal Cassavetes or Secrets and Lies for mooks, but Burns knows his turf. The marvel is that after seven films he's still finding fresh grass.
August 7, 2006
Ed Burns repeats himself in his familiar territory about people who are young and stupid.
August 3, 2006
The Groomsmen, while as corny as a Staten Island marriage proposal, rings true on many levels.
July 26, 2006
In a film of minor ambition, [the characters are] all worthy company.
July 15, 2006
What this is, is a typical film about nothing, which is what Burns likes to do best.
July 14, 2006
With the exception of the reliably wooden Burns, the ensemble is terrific.
July 14, 2006
Burns, without pretense or sappiness, wears a heart the size of Manhattan on his sleeve, and handles the movie's rollercoaster of emotion with immense skill.
July 14, 2006
The problem is that Burns -- who insists on writing all his own material -- isn't a very good writer.
July 14, 2006
Instead of whimsy there's nastiness, and instead of promising newcomers there's a cluster of formerly hot actors gone cold.
July 14, 2006
The Groomsmen captures a single, specific moment, when responsibilities await but adulthood is still unwelcome. If their predicament strikes a chord, you may want to join Burns' boys for their final hurrah.
July 14, 2006
The problem with Ed Burns' films is that the growth of the male characters...has been limited by a strict interpretation of what it means to be man.
July 14, 2006
You have to suffer through a lot of down time in The Groomsmen to get to the good stuff.
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