The Commitments
The Commitments (1991)

This good-hearted movie about a would-be "soul" band growing to modest success in the unlikely soil of Ireland swept the 1991 British Academy Awards. Not only that, but the lucky musicians who won a place in the cast went on to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The film offers no message, no solutions, only a great time at the movies.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny, this is Parker's best to date.

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Brian Orndorf

It's a relaxed, colorful creation, remaining true to rascally human behaviors while respecting the unifying power of music. Downright irresistible.

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Variety Staff

Director Alan Parker's story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul is fresh, well-executed and original.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Parker is capable of whipping a series of quick, well-edited snippets into a happy collage of musical high spirits.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Does a remarkable job of balancing a feel of lower-class life with the sheer exuberance the music brings.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is probably Alan Parker's best film, in part because it's one of his most modest.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Parker keeps going for the glitz. He may have shot The Commitments in Ireland, but his soul never left Hollywood.

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This typically slick but largely enjoyable Alan Parker offering is the story of the rise and demise of a young Irish soul band.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
"We skipped the light fandango turned cartwheels 'cross the floor. I was feeling kinda seasick but the crowd called out for more" I'm still… More
Candy Rose
A group of teenagers in Dublin from a rock band. The soundtrack is fab.
Lady D'arbanville
A story documenting the rise and fall of the band The Commitments. With enjoyable vocals and those well known songs, this film makes for an easy watching… More
Daniel Perry
A gritty, fun flick with a great ending and classic music.
Jim Hunter
In the tradition of <i>Waking Ned Devine</i> and <i>The Full Monty</i>, this is a delightful, optimistic ensemble piece from across the… More
Cindy I
A great movie about fighting obstacles to get what you want. If you like soul music, this movie is a must.

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