The Brothers McMullen
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Three Irish American brothers with widely differing life philosophies live together in their mother's Long Island house.Writer/director/co-producer Edward Burns made this old-fashioned drama in his own home, shooting it on weekends over an eight-month period. Before the recently widowed Mother McMullen returns to Ireland to search for her life's love, she gently warns her son Barry not to trap himself in a loveless marriage. Five years after the warning, Barry and his two brothers come together to celebrate the 30th birthday of Molly, the wife of eldest-brother Jack, a high-school… 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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