Rory O'Shea Was Here

2005

Rory O'Shea Was Here

Critics Consensus

The dramatic aspects of Rory O'Shea Was Here veer into mawkish, formulaic sentiment, which undercuts the characters' individuality.

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Movie Info

Michael is a twenty-four-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in. Michael is stunned to discover that fast talking Rory, who can move only his right hand, can understand his almost unintelligible speech. Rory's dynamic and rebellious nature soon sparks a flame in Michael, introducing him to a whole new world outside of Carrigmore.

Cast

James McAvoy
as Rory O'Shea
Steven Robertson
as Michael Connolly
Romola Garai
as Siobhán
Gerard McSorley
as Fergus Connolly
Tom Hickey
as Con O'Shea
Alan King
as Tommy
Sarah Jane Drummey
as Girl in Pub
Rachel Hanna
as Girl in Pub
Emmet Kirwen
as Angry Man
Pat Shortt
as Nightclub Doorman
Stanley Townsend
as Interview Panelist
Derbhle Crotty
as Interview Panelist
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Critic Reviews for Rory O'Shea Was Here

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Audience Reviews for Rory O'Shea Was Here

  • Nov 29, 2012
    Steven Robertson and James McAvoy are amazing! The film isn't quite fully realized. It left me wanting more, to be honest. I will however be watching this every now and again. Just because I enjoyed the performances that much.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2011
    Is a disability joke too tacky here? I may as well, no one's heard of this movie, so they won't get it anyways. The film is crippled by a lack of development, slow spots and some abrupt major events. Of course, the film's biggest flaws are the predictability and sentimentality. The dramatic aspects are cliche and feel almost as corny and manipulative as this paragraph feels forced. Probably the worst thing about it is that it got darker and more manipulative until the bit emotional ending came and left me a bit depressed. Still, the film is supported by fine dialogue and strong characters. Also, something worth discussing is the film's being pretty dang funny. Now, I'm not saying that disabilities are funny, but they are. No, I'm kidding. Of course that's a deal of the humor in this, but it doesn't feel offensive, mostly because it's balanced out by the snappy writing, fine timing and sharp delivery behind it. Of course, if this isn't your humor, then in the immortals words of the great Co-Host 3000: "Don't tell me your problems." Of course, what are very likely the brightest stars on the pros list are, well, the stars. Steven Robertson gives us a moving and reasonably authentic potrayal of a cerebral palsy patient and doesn't go too far over-the-top, a very real and easy-to-make mistake when taking on a role like this. Granted, it's not a Leonardo DiCaprio in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" caliber of disability acting, but what is? Boy, after that movie, I don't think I'll ever see a mental disability movie ever again without comparing. Yeah, like I don't talk about DiCaprio enough. Of course, you can expect to see a lot of James McAvoy for being such a fine, notable actor, particularly in here. He's so careful to not break the illusion that he is mostly paralyzed and does an incredible and believeable job at transitioning between his fun-loving, cool-guy personality and his suffering from his situation. All that remains is but one question: "What title for this movie am I going with?" I'm gonna say "Rory O'Shea Was Here" because this movie is manipulative enough without the title "Inside I'm Dancing". We get it, you're fortunate on the inside. But seriously though, "Rory O'Shea Was Here" may be predictable and likely to leave you a bit down in the dumps, but is carried by its snappy writing and remarkable performances and is ultimately a pretty decent portrait of uncovering happiness beneath misfortune.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2010
    Since I am disabled I do not feel as guilty rating this movie on the low end. It was predictable and little new to the plight of the disabled was offered. The sweet story at the heart of this film is lost in the "look at me act" disabled. Steven Robertson does and excellent job.... but I get tired and frustrated with him as I try to understand his character. Tired to the point of losing interest.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2010
    On one hand, I think I should be cynical about this film: suggest it is emotionally manipulative and functions on the "strength" of its cliches. After all, it features two men with severe disabilities and attempts to prove the thesis that we should all carpe diem. These are not new themes, nor is it new to have an inspirational cripple story. On the other hand, I was thoroughly impressed by McAvoy's and Robertson's performances. Both were exceptionally convincing in their characters and their characters' disabilities (Robertson especially), and Garai turned the role of "the girl" into a sweet but tough feminist. But these are tangential to the fact that all of emotional manipulation worked on me. I found myself affected by the story even as I realized its cliche predictability. <i>Rory O'Shea Was Here</i> is like a one night stand: it doesn't amount to much the next morning, but the "during" sure was enjoyable.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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