Janice Beard 45 wpm
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We are introduced to Janice (Irish stage comedienne Eileen Walsh in her screen debut) at her ill-starred beginnings; her father dies of a heart attack during her birth, causing her mother to plunge into a post-natal, post-mortem agoraphobic depression that endures for 23 years. As Janice grows up on public assistance she makes it her goal in life to entertain her mother with outlandish and fanciful tales of the outside world. As an adult she studies medical journals to find a cure for her ouse bound mother's ills, evetually heading to London with minimal secretarial skills determined to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

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"All ends well, sort of, but the frenzied comic moments never click."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Walsh can't quite negotiate the many inconsistencies in Janice's behavior or compensate for them by sheer force of charm."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"On the whole Janice herself is an endearing, eccentric creation but the film lacks the sharpness that might capture the public's imagination as Billy Liar did back in the early 60s."
‑ Kieron Corless, Sight and Sound
"The plot's contrivances are uncomfortably strained."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's impossible to indulge the fanciful daydreams of Janice Beard (Eileen Walsh) when her real-life persona is so charmless and vacant."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"If the heroine's forced wackiness hinders believability, at least the energetic Walsh makes her entertaining."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"A poignant coming-of-age story about a young woman never embittered by her shortcomings, or by the imperfections of those she loves."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Director Clare Kilner's debut is never as daft as it should have been."
‑ Robert Wilonsky, New Times
"As Janice, Eileen Walsh, an engaging, wide-eyed actress whose teeth are a little too big for her mouth, infuses the movie with much of its slender, glinting charm."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"we don't care much what happens to Janice"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A clever script and skilled actors bring new energy to the familiar topic of office politics."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"Where Janice Beard falters in its recycled aspects, implausibility, and sags in pace, it rises in its courageousness, and comedic employment."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
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