The Groomsmen Reviews

April 22, 2009
Writer/director Ed Burns adds a droopy fourth chapter to his Irish-American working class films...
January 16, 2007
September 21, 2006
A standard big-weekend-where- friends-gather-and- everyone-has- a-secret movie.
August 23, 2006
It appears that as a filmmaker Burns is having as much difficulty maturing as his characters do.
August 7, 2006
Ed Burns repeats himself in his familiar territory about people who are young and stupid.
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 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.
July 14, 2006
July 13, 2006
revels in its charming simplicity.
July 13, 2006
The revelations aren't all that surprising and the build-up isn't all that interesting. At least not as interesting as watching Lillard, of all people, persuasively playing the most evolved and serene of this clique.
July 13, 2006
Burns tackles stunted adolescence through the filter of mushy seriocomic melodrama.
July 12, 2006
It has been a dozen years since The Brothers McMullen, yet Burns still has no clue how to make movies.
July 11, 2006
Burns remains an enigma: After six features, it's still impossible to tell if he's a filmmaker with something to say or merely one of the longest-running novelty acts in modern movies.
July 10, 2006
As time goes by, the supposedly everyday middleclass lifestyles effortlessly enjoyed by his regular Joes begin to seem suspiciously like the province of the idle rich.