Brassed Off
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Economics and music are the twin focal points of this comedy/drama about a community in crisis. The small British town of Grimley has long been dominated by the coal mine where most of the men work, and the town's greatest source of pride is the Grimley Colliery Band, a brass ensemble that's won a number of nationwide competitions. Danny (Pete Postlewaite) is a retired miner in poor health who directs the band; a national championship is coming up, and Danny is determined that Grimley will walk away with a trophy. But many of his musicians have other things on their minds: word has it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer/director Herman pulls off a popular, proletarian comedy which might actually appeal to the people it's about."
‑ , Time Out
"A shining ensemble cast that hits all the right notes makes Brassed Off toot sweet."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
"Touching story is a good early showcase for McGregor"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Stirring film about losing your job and reclaiming your soul."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"When it gets serious, "Brassed Off" is maudlin, mediocre and maddening. And, unfortunately, it gets more and more serious as it progresses."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
""Brassed Off'' is a sweet film with a lot of anger at its core."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Shamelessly manipulative and sentimental, but in an agreeably familiar way."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"fun but overrated"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Like the music it celebrates, "Brassed Off" is in-your-face yet sentimental, rousing yet sad, defiant but full of heart."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
"At once a tear-jerker and a life-affirming comedy, "Brassed Off" is the best kind of mush."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"An accessible, entertaining package that is at once formulaic and cliché-busting."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Brassed Off drives toward an ending that combines bitterness and high spirits, plus a heavy measure of romanticism. Like the movie itself, it's an odd mix with a lusty, lingering appeal."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Pete Postlethwaite's best film this summer!"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"In the end ... the undeniable power and emotional richness of this film swing the balance toward the good."
‑ Russell Smith, Austin Chronicle
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