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Red Roses and Petrol Reviews

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June 8, 2008
Hoffs locks down her characters in unimaginatively framed medium shots, while mixing in a few monochromatic flashbacks, some video footage of the dead patriarch and two fast-cut sequences in a vain attempt at visual variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 25, 2008
Tamar Simon Hoffs's bland-as-boiled-cabbage adaptation of Joseph O'Connor's play finally hobbles into theaters, reminding us every 15 seconds that just because it looks distinctly American and was shot in California, it's a fookin' Irish movie.
June 27, 2008
Solid performances and a literary feel help turn a standard family-rift drama into a dry but saucy narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
Little about the Doyles makes you want to partake of their sour hospitality, even if it's only for an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 27, 2008
Mired by clich and oddly beset by a sense of false Irishness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 27, 2008
If, as Tolstoy observed, happy families are alike, and each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, the Dublin-set film Red Roses and Petrol didn't get the message, being a dysfunctional clan movie that feels dispiritingly like all the others.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 27, 2007
I(TM)d rather just sit in on one of my own families squabbles; we(TM)re much more entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 27, 2008
As even a novice moviegoer would expect, they argue and drink, then argue and drink some more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 27, 2008
With her static camera, director and co-writer Tamar Simon Hoffs has done little to move it out of its staginess.
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
June 27, 2008
In Red Roses and Petrol, a soused, post-funeral postmortem on a dysfunctional Dublin family, the misery seeps from the screen in cold, damp waves; by the end you'll be grabbing for the bottle yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 12, 2008
Because Petrol is so grim, its few moments of repentance and reconciliation don't feel as contrived as they might otherwise; if any film has earned the right to be sentimental, it's this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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