White Irish Drinkers Reviews

April 21, 2011
A movie that one watches with the sense of pushing it up a hill.
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
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.
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
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.
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 24, 2011
The clichs are what make "White Irish Drinkers" a drearily predictable bout...
March 24, 2011
Putting profane adjectives in front of every other noun in dialogue that wants desperately to sound streetwise doesn't make it feel authentic if the other words spoken by the characters are arranged into orderly little blocks of exposition.
March 24, 2011
It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when the mediocre White Irish Drinkers goes off the rails. Maybe the problem is the predictable story just never leaves the station.
March 24, 2011
All the good intentions in the world can't save "White Irish Drinkers'' from playing like the baldest of retreads.
Top Critic
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
John Gray's Noo Yawker indie is a stubborn throwback to the Sundance-fueled, ethnic-neighborhood movie of the early '90s, when every film-school grad with a fresh head full of Mean Streets decided he would be the next Scorsese.
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.