The Boys and Girl From County Clare
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British filmmaker John Irvin directs the musical comedy drama The Boys From County Clare. Set in the late '60s, the story involves a pair of rival brothers reuniting for the All-Ireland Traditional Music Competition in County Clare, Ireland. As defending champion John Joe (Bernard Hill) gets his local Celtic band ready to compete, his estranged brother, Jimmy (Colm Meaney), blows into town from Liverpool with his own band. John Joe's pianist, Maisie (Charlotte Bradley), isn't happy to see Jimmy, who had left her years ago to raise their daughter, Anne, all by herself. Now the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

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"Makes music almost an afterthought, and as such it never truly sings."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Really just a long fiddle session in a very familiar pub."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"Holds little of interest, with a generic story line and a cast that's mostly just going through the motions."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Pushes the least interesting relationships to the front and shoves the most interesting ones too the back."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The charm of "The Boys and Girl from Country Clare" might be compared to the charm of Ceili music: infectious in its beat, but after a while it all sounds the same."
‑ David Foucher, EDGE Boston
"Irresistible to all those with the slightest speck of Irish blood running in their veins. Or even those non-Irish viewers with a weakness for Irish plays, Irish music, Irish dancing, lilting Irish accents or pints of Guinness."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"How high is your tolerance for charming ****e?"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Seems like used goods...the utter predictability of not only the main plot but every subplot attached to it overwhelms any good will you might bring to it."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"While there's lots of great Ceili music on tap, it's wrapped in a story so traditional that it's not especially interesting."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lots of lively tunes and spirited acting."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Don't ever think that Hollywood has the market cornered on formula flicks. Those folks from across the pond, in Britain and its environs, can do predictable with the best of them."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Never catches its rhythm."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This tale of longstanding sibling rivalry set against a Ceili music competition doesn't score any points for originality, but it's a likeable enough 90-minute outing, especially for Eirephiles."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"This sweet but lightweight Irish ditty hits the expected notes and proves pleasing enough, mostly due to its appealing performers."
‑ , E! Online
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