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An Everlasting Piece
Director Barry Levinson attempts to repeat the success of several recent, low-budget British imports such as The Full Monty (1997), Waking Ned Devine (1998), and Saving Grace (2000) with this comedy about a pair of prison barbers trying to make a success of a hairpiece business in Northern Ireland. Colm (Barry McEvoy), a Catholic, and George (Brian F. O'Byrne), a Protestant, are friends who toil away in a lackluster job cutting the hair of convicts in a prison for the insane where Colm's girlfriend Bronagh (Anna Friel) also works. When the two lads hear of a prisoner nicknamed The… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"The humor is slight, but the actors make the blarney go down easy."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A slight but diverting series of set pieces."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"There aren?t any corny bald jokes: The movie is smart enough not to waste it?s time with lame humor about hair thinning."
‑ Blake French, Filmcritic.com
"It's unpretentious almost to the point of indifference, and thus never quite wrangles enough passion or conflict to fuel the story forward."
‑ David Luty, Film Journal International
"There is nothing worse than forced whimsy and this is forced whimsy at its worst."
‑ Andy Klein, TNT's Rough Cut
"The comedy inherent in toupee gags gradually runs dry, and the interplay between the main characters sometimes doesn't offer enough sparks to pick up the slack."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"The director serves up a nice helping of blarney, but he seems to have left his schmaltz in Baltimore."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"'In trying to tackle the bigger issues the film loses what made it so quirky in the first place.'"
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"'Maybe,' I thought, 'This film will be different.' Then again, maybe not."
‑ Renee Scolaro Rathke, PopMatters
"Wacky high jinks ensue, but the comedic situations are never at the expense of the tense environment that surrounds them all."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"This little film tries too hard to charm, and in the process loses its bite."
‑ Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com
"Its charms are too slight and fleeting."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Charms aren't quite enough to take this modest comedy over the top."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"It's the comedic equivalent of choking on one of those Lucky Charms marshmallows, only there's no leprechaun around to give you the Heimlich."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
"The world needs more of these exercises in gritty adorableness like Patrick Stewart needs a hole in his head."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
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