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Jimmy's Hall (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

Jim Norton
as Father Sheridan
Andrew Scott
as Father Seamus
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Commander O'Keefe
John Cronogue
as Seamus Clarke
Rebecca O'Mara
as Mrs. O'Keefe
Donal O'Kelly
as Roscommon IRA
John O'Dowd
as Steward
Diane Parkes
as Mossie's Wife
Padraig Fallon
as Roscommon IRA
Chris MacManus
as Roscommon IRA
Anna Crossley
as Young Dancer
Rósín Judge
as Young Violinist
Hugh Gallagher
as Senior Guard
Tom Colsh
as Guard
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All Critics (99) | Top Critics (22)

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.

Full Review… | August 19, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 6, 2015
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As dramatically stilted as Jimmy's Hall is, it has an undeniably appealing integrity ...

Full Review… | July 17, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There's humanity here, on all sides, and a gentle wisdom beneath the raging rhetoric.

Full Review… | July 16, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2015
Associated Press
Top Critic

Loach, who has told similar stories two dozen times before, delivers his trademark messages with graceful skill.

Full Review… | July 16, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Jimmy's Hall

Ken Loach and socialism go together like hot crumpets and butter, nonetheless it's a very okay film.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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½

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Lee Mayo
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