The Snapper


The Snapper

Critics Consensus

Warm, funny, and populated by easily relatable characters, The Snapper is a compulsively watchable slice-of-life dramedy with much to recommend.



Total Count: 32


Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,108
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Roddy Doyle adapted his novel for this comedy/drama about an independent young Irishwoman, unmarried and pregnant, who refuses to tell her family and friends the identity of her baby's father.

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Tina Kellegher
as Sharon Curley
Colm Meaney
as Dessie Curley
Ruth McCabe
as Kay Curley
Pat Laffan
as George
Ciara Duffy
as Kimberley
Virginia Cole
as Doris Burgess
Denis Menton
as Pat Burgess
Stanley Townsend
as Anaesthetist
Joan Sheehy
as Woman in Hospital
Rynagh O'Grady
as Neighbour 1
Sheila Flitton
as Neighbour 2
Jack Lynch
as Policeman
Britta Smith
as Woman in Police Station
Marie Conmee
as Barrytown Neighbour
Jimmy Keogh
as Barrytown Neighbour
as Famine
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Critic Reviews for The Snapper

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

Audience Reviews for The Snapper

  • May 12, 2014
    This is a fairly light, but quite funny movie about how a family deals with the circumstances surrounding oldest daughter, Sharon, and her pregnancy. The film is certainly rough going at first, its not a film that's appealing visually and some of the comedy felt a little forced. For example, whenever Sharon and her friends are at the pub and they're shooting the shit, talking about various topics, all of that completely unnatural and unfunny. It'd be one thing if it only happened once and it was done with, but it happens at least several times and none of those times are particularly funny. It's almost like that actresses are begging you to laugh with their over-the-top and exaggerated laughter at everything they say. It was just bad. Thankfully, though, the film certainly picked up and it was actually a really funny film by the end. It's a rare example of the film that keeps getting better as it goes along and ends at its peak. The story is sweet, about the dedication and the support your family can give you when almost everyone else in town has turned their back on you. So that was good, even if it was a little predictable. The ending was probably a little too happy for me and there was the potential for the film to get a little darker, with George's depression after being rejected by Sharon, but they didn't go for it. Probably wouldn't have fit with the light and breezy approach, but it would've given the film something different. Not that I can complain really, the movie was quite good with a solid script with plenty of laughs and a good cast. Some flaws here and there keep it from being better, but it's a good watch if you have Netflix and 90 minutes to kill.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2012
    Chief O'Brien takes a turn as an unexpected grandparent in a touching Irish film. The scene in the pub which takes place as his daughter gives birth is fabulous.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2008
    Hilarious! A brilliant movie about a family who go through the motions of everyday life. Colm Meaney is fantastic in this one! A great comedy! Simply love it!
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2007
    Another great adaption from a Roddy Doyle book, again Colm Meaney plays the part brilliantly!!!
    Nikki M Super Reviewer

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