White Irish Drinkers Reviews

November 16, 2019
An indie gem for 2011, and a frontrunner for a Spirit Award in February, John Gray is right on the money with his own pot of gold -- White Irish Drinkers.
April 22, 2011
Writer-director John Gray was blessed to find the faces of actors Thurston and Murphy.
March 25, 2011
White Irish Drinkers is a visceral experience.
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.
March 25, 2011
Here's a 1970s-set film nostalgic for the days young Irish-American men addressed each other as "ya' hump."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
March 23, 2011
I was immensely impressed with Mr. Thurston, an appealing actor with intelligence and self-assurance who is going places, and writer-director John Gray, who has already arrived with a bang.
March 22, 2011
There's no repressed emotion in John Gray's heart-on-the-sleeve drama...it's an old-fashioned kitchen sink drama that feels like something from the 1970s.
March 20, 2011
A lean, mean streets coming of age '70s tale at a time when 'don't trust anyone under thirty' played out exactly the other way around. And in an inevitable do-it-yourself sea of unsavory or powerless adults, where role models are impossible to come by.
March 14, 2011
A modestly engaging domestic drama that earns few points for originality but rewards aud attention with persuasive performances, outbursts of robust humor and a vivid yet understated evocation of time and place.
March 14, 2011
It's a sparkling piece of entertainment that deserves a wide audience.
October 1, 2010
...a watchable (if overlong) coming-of-age story...