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Following his Cannes award-winning performance in Ken Loach's My Name is Joe, Scottish actor Peter Mullan made his feature script and directorial debut with this British dark comedy-drama about four adult siblings on the eve of their mother's funeral in Glasgow. Eldest son Thomas (Gary Lewis) offers a tribute to her in a local pub, but his brother Michael (Douglas Henshall) is stabbed during a brawl at the bar, prompting third brother John (Stephen Cole) to seek vengeance. Michael evades medical treatment, trying to hold out until the next day in order to make a claim for workers… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"My guess is that Mullan never decided what tone his film should aim for; he fell in love with individual sequences without asking how they fit together."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Arguably one of the funnier and more heartfelt of the [crime movie] genre to come along of late."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
"...a kitchen-sink drama that's full of old dishwater."
‑ Tom Block, culturevulture.net
"Worthwhile, even if the getting there isn't always easy."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Writer-director Peter Mullan never seems clued in as to how hilariously atrocious Orphans is."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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