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Four grown up children come together the night before the funeral of their mother in Glasgow. While Thomas sings a tribute in the local pub, a fight breaks out and Michael is stabbed. John wants to avenge his brother, while Thomas goes to chapel with his sister Sheila for an all-night vigil. Even here, though, is not safe, as a storm tears the roof from the church. After an emotional and traumatic night, the siblings eventually reunite in grief.
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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