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White Irish Drinkers Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
June 3, 2011
A period drama that's as predictable and cliched as green beer on St. Patrick's Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
May 5, 2011
The dialogue and action in White Irish Drinkers couldn't be more on the nose if the film was intended to be a parody. Sadly, Gray means for us to take it seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 29, 2011
Under no circumstances would I recommend that you see "White Irish Drinkers." But if you do, a good, stiff belt would not be a bad idea.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 28, 2011
Every kitchen-sink dramatic cliché is trotted out in John Gray's Brooklyn period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 22, 2011
Writer-director John Gray was blessed to find the faces of actors Thurston and Murphy.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 21, 2011
A movie that one watches with the sense of pushing it up a hill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
April 18, 2011
I normally kind of like these sort of modest genre movies, but this is just marinating in its own mediocrity.
Andy Klein
Christian Science Monitor
March 25, 2011
Veteran TV director John Gray brings little or nothing new to conflicts we've seen in an endless stream of movies, including Saturday Night Fever and (to go straight to the top of the list) Mean Streets.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
March 25, 2011
White Irish Drinkers is a visceral experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 25, 2011
Despite the cliches that push every scene forward, there's an unexpected appeal to John Gray's modest drama, emanating from its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amy Amatangelo
Boston Herald
March 25, 2011
Here's a 1970s-set film nostalgic for the days young Irish-American men addressed each other as "ya' hump."
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Anthony Venutolo
Newark Star-Ledger
March 25, 2011
The basic outline of the plot, built around a promised local concert by the Rolling Stones - well, if you don't know where that story is headed, you haven't seen as many movies as I think you have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
March 25, 2011
This is a gritty, dreamy Everyman story, sure to resonate with viewers who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 25, 2011
Writer-director John Gray digs into his own background to create the ardent and atmospheric White Irish Drinkers. The close, cramped intimacy of this film is so real it stings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
March 25, 2011
White Irish Drinkers contains a cast of characters who are as loud, brash and pugnacious as that title would suggest. They also represent just about every Irish-American stereotype.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 25, 2011
White Irish Drinkers is a heavy borrower deep into the pocket of pop culture's loan shark, and lacking the grace to acknowledge the debt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV
March 25, 2011
It's an authentic New York slice of life, and the "coming of age" story has depth. The main character is at a crossroads and you'll be rooting for him all the way.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 25, 2011
Saturated with atmosphere and strongly acted, the movie is a far more resonant and convincing portrait of working-class life than the recent awards-bait phoniness that called itself "The Fighter."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
March 25, 2011
Frequently enough at the movies, an isolated scene can take place in which an actor who may or may not be the lead steals the whole film through naked emotion, or power, or eloquence. Mr. Lang certainly has one here.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2011
The clichés are what make "White Irish Drinkers" a drearily predictable bout...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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