The Brothers McMullen
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Shot on weekends over an eight-month period with practically no budget, writer/director/producer/actor Edward Burns' first feature is a family drama centering on the tumultuous love lives of three small-town, Irish-American brothers. Burns stars as Barry, the middle child who finds himself needing a place to stay and moves in with big brother Jack (Jack Mulcahy). Despite being seemingly happily married to Molly (Connie Britton), Jack gives in to temptation and begins having a sexual affair. All the while, devout-Catholic baby brother Patrick (Mike McGlone) faces an ongoing struggle to deal… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's easy to see what attracted Redford to Burns' first film. Burns' dialogue is natural and witty. Burns films with the gritty immediacy of a documentary, slipping a boom mic above backyard conversations over beers."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A good Movie of the Week. Engaging, a bit soapy, but with real circumstance & intelligent/plausable chat. However, tidies up too neatly in the end."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Not just horrid by itself, this opened the floodgates for all those self-absorbed indie "relationship" comedies of the latter 1990s."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"It's the sprightly profane dialogue, the dirty talk of the brothers about love and religion, that gives this otherwise old-fashioned comedy (imitative of Woody Allen) a modern feel and winsome drive, keeping it from getting stale."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the best films of the 90's"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Draws three siblings into close contact as they struggle with the rigors of intimacy, sexuality, commitment and loyalty in love."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Burns' first (and still best) effort."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Very relatable for Irish Catholics like me."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
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