The Groomsmen Reviews

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 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.
July 26, 2006
In a film of minor ambition, [the characters are] all worthy company.
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.
July 13, 2006
The movie snaps sharply to life every now and then, and its unfashionable decency really gets to you.
July 13, 2006
The Groomsmen, set in suburban New York, is a more serioso gloss on [common] guy themes.
July 13, 2006
Edward Burns paints a scathing portrait of raucous high school buddies clutching at their rock n roll glory days as they push 35.
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
Edward Burns' best riff yet on guys trying to sort out their feelings about women.
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.