Shirley Valentine
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Since its London and Broadway stage debut, playwright Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine has proven an excellent showcase for any number of talented actresses (Loretta Swit won the 1989 Sarah Siddons Award for her work in the Chicago production). In the film version of Shirley Valentine, Pauline Collins re-creates the role that had previously brought her theatrical fame and a Tony Award. Spending the bulk of the film speaking directly to the audience, the titular Shirley (Collins), a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, reveals her innermost thoughts and fears in a manner that is both… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An obnoxious and thoroughly tedious piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Collins' terrific performance bouys this somewhat awkward adaption of the play."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World
"think of Shirley Valentine as "Educating Rita under the Tuscan Sun.""
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"This witty, buoyant comedy explores the wild strategy a middle-aged Liverpool matron comes up with to love just being herself."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Pleasantly quirky comedy-drama."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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