A Love Divided
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Based on a true story, A Love Divided chronicles the aftermath of Sheila's (Orla Brady) pledge to send her children to Catholic school. Raised Protestant, Sheila was forced to sign a contract obligating her to bring up her own children as Catholics when she was married into the religion, but years later she decides that no church will dictate the religion chosen for her kids. The dogmatic Father Stafford (Tony Doyle), however, is so relentless in his insistence that her children do, indeed, become Catholics, that Sheila is forced into kidnapping her own family. With both the highest levels… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An Irish drama that's a lot more sly and a lot less straightforward than it appears on the surface."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's like a PBS version of a movie of the week about child abduction, complete with histrionic, spit-flecked speechifying in quaint Irish brogues."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A tug-at-your-heartstrings weepie from the sledgehammer school of filmmaking."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Fine performances ... help keep it from seeming excessively schematic."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Powerful indictment of the lengths human beings will go to to be right."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A cautionary tale of the mischief that can happen when men no longer see their neighbors as human."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Overplays its hand, with far too much melodramatic shouting from leads Liam Cunningham and Orla Brady."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"It fails to arouse much more than deep annoyance."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
"The drama feels artificially pumped-up."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The gripping A Love Divided will leave you taking sides, whether or not that was the film's intent."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Personal views aside, this small, well-crafted Irish production achieves importance by saying what it intends to say with both strength and conviction."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"A 'thesis' film that will offend Catholics and stimulate considerable post-movie discussion."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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