Jimmy's Hall


Jimmy's Hall

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Benefiting from a talented cast and sensitive work from director Ken Loach, Jimmy's Hall offers period drama rich with relevant sociopolitical themes.



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In 1921 Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream...but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. (C) Sony Classics


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Critic Reviews for Jimmy's Hall

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  • Working from a fact-based screenplay by his longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, Loach addresses a theme that resonates throughout his work: the effect of the political on the personal.

    Aug 19, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Loach is clearly on Gralton's side, but he's remarkably evenhanded about it. Norton is a formidable villain, while Ward is just vulnerable enough to make the showdown dramatically persuasive.

    Aug 6, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As dramatically stilted as Jimmy's Hall is, it has an undeniably appealing integrity ...

    Jul 17, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's humanity here, on all sides, and a gentle wisdom beneath the raging rhetoric.

    Jul 16, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While this deeply romanticized and fictionalized account of a little-known underdog might not serve you in any trivia capacities, it's also a worthy and loving story of humanity in the face of oppression.

    Jul 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A great cast along with Loach's trademark realism and capable storytelling deliver a tale of quiet power, with an ending that is sure to deliver of a jolt of righteous outrage.

    Jul 16, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jimmy's Hall

  • Feb 12, 2016
    Ken Loach and socialism go together like hot crumpets and butter, nonetheless it's a very okay film.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2015
    In "Jimmy's Hall," James Gralton(Barry Ward) has been living for the previous ten years in New York but not by choice. With the change of government in his native Ireland, he feels it is the right time to return. Even though it is Oonagh(Simone Kirby) who misses him the most, the central question most of the people have is whether or not he will reopen his hall. With "Jimmy's Hall," writer Paul Laverty and director Ken Loach tell a true story in engaging fashion about an incident which might at first seem truly inconsequential. However, in fact, one can see the true beginnings of Irish democracy on a grass roots level, as this is the first time that cracks are showing in the stone edifice of the Catholic Church with the people beginning to take control of their education and entertainment.(It does not hurt that Jimmy is willing to speak directly to Church representatives and ask questions.) Looking down the road, there is also the sense of how one generation inspires another which leads eventually to the landmark vote for same sex marriage in Ireland.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2014
    I hope this is not Loach's final film as it has been rumored, a solid drama that takes the easy way but shows in an honest manner how in all times religion has been a hindrance to knowledge and pleasure, as embodied here by Jim Norton in a strong, nuanced performance.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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