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Red Roses and Petrol
Their father having recently died, three estranged Irish siblings come together under the same roof for the first time in years in director Tamar Simon Hoffs' feature adaptation of an original stage by Joseph O'Connor. As the wake ends and day fades to night, old tensions begin to emerge as revelations about child abuse, sibling rivalries, and suspected infidelities gradually come to light. Malcolm McDowell, Olivia Tracey, and Max Beesley star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Little about the Doyles makes you want to partake of their sour hospitality, even if it's only for an hour and a half."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"Solid performances and a literary feel help turn a standard family-rift drama into a dry but saucy narrative."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"With her static camera, director and co-writer Tamar Simon Hoffs has done little to move it out of its staginess."
‑ Rob Lowman, Los Angeles Daily News
"I(TM)d rather just sit in on one of my own families squabbles; we(TM)re much more entertaining."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"Because Petrol is so grim, its few moments of repentance and reconciliation don't feel as contrived as they might otherwise; if any film has earned the right to be sentimental, it's this one."
‑ Michael Hardy, Boston Globe
"If, as Tolstoy observed, happy families are alike, and each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, the Dublin-set film Red Roses and Petrol didn't get the message, being a dysfunctional clan movie that feels dispiritingly like all the others."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Mired by clich and oddly beset by a sense of false Irishness."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"As even a novice moviegoer would expect, they argue and drink, then argue and drink some more."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"In Red Roses and Petrol, a soused, post-funeral postmortem on a dysfunctional Dublin family, the misery seeps from the screen in cold, damp waves; by the end you'll be grabbing for the bottle yourself."
‑ , New York Times
"Hoffs locks down her characters in unimaginatively framed medium shots, while mixing in a few monochromatic flashbacks, some video footage of the dead patriarch and two fast-cut sequences in a vain attempt at visual variety."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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