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One man takes on the Irish family law system and the Catholic Church in a bid to be reunited with his children in this drama, based on a true story. In 1953, Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) was a house painter and decorator who, despite a strong work ethic, had a hard time holding on to steady work. Desmond's wife had grown tired of her marriage and her husband's financial problems, and one day walked away from her home, leaving Desmond to raise their three children on his own. While Desmond struggles to keep body and soul together for his children, his sporadic employment eventually… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sprightly pace and a fatalistic sense of humor propel the proceedings over a generous amount of drinking jokes and other cliches of Irish life and culture."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn, and Alan Bates play Desmond's legal eagles, and when joined by Brosnan, the sight of this grandiloquent quartet lolling in pretty Irish settings is a pleasant enough thing, 'tis."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"While it does have its charm, and it does, it's a pretty bad, pretty hokey piece of fluff that never really registers as a genuine drama, only as an emotionally manipulative piece of dribble with actors that give horrible accents."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Evelyn works as a modest parable, the truth shining through in spite of the filmmakers' unfortunate oversimplifications."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"...too schmaltzy to take seriously."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Instead of the clear-headed resolve the material demands, Beresford's film offers slush, blarney and grandstanding actors ..."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Your head may want to resist Evelyn, but your heart will have a hard time of it."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"Did director Bruce Beresford have to ratchet up the saccharine of an innately sentimental story?"
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Old fashioned spirit and resolve work well in a movie like 'Evelyn.'"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"After The Tailor of Panama made it clear that Brosnan can slide into character-based comedy with ease, Evelyn proves that his more challenging, dramatic work is in desperate need of being vigorously shaken and stirred."
‑ Brett Buckalew, FilmStew.com
"It's Kramer vs. Kramer, without the Kramers, a 'true story' without much of the truth."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"From any other filmmaker, Evelyn would be merely a forgettable good intention, but when you consider that Beresford is the man who brought us Black Robe and Breaker Morant, it approaches heartbreak."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"It offers few surprises, but the strength of the performances, and Beresford's touch as a director make it a worthwhile diversion."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Modest in almost every respect, yet deeply satisfying."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Here's a sweet film to rent for Father's Day or Christmas. It's a heart-warmer, charming, and shot with a sugary cinematic eye."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
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