The Commitments
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"The Irish are the blacks of Europe, Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland, and the North Siders are the blacks of Dublin ... so say it loud -- I'm black and I'm proud!" Or so Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) tells his slightly puzzled friends as he tries to assemble a rhythm & blues show band in a working class community in Dublin in Alan Parker's film The Commitments. Jimmy is a would-be music business wheeler and dealer, and he's decided what Dublin needs is a top-shelf soul band. However, top-shelf soul musicians are hard to find in Dublin, so he has to make do with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film offers no message, no solutions, only a great time at the movies."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny, this is Parker's best to date."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's a relaxed, colorful creation, remaining true to rascally human behaviors while respecting the unifying power of music. Downright irresistible."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Sharply written and executed with real verve, this is an enduring and enjoyable comedy-drama that showcases some great performances both on and off-stage."
‑ , Film4
"Has the raw power of a documentary and a driving musical soundtrack."
‑ James Plath,
"Director Alan Parker's story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul is fresh, well-executed and original."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Parker is capable of whipping a series of quick, well-edited snippets into a happy collage of musical high spirits."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Does a remarkable job of balancing a feel of lower-class life with the sheer exuberance the music brings."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"High-energy fun"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Pure pleasure on every level."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"This is probably Alan Parker's best film, in part because it's one of his most modest."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Parker keeps going for the glitz. He may have shot The Commitments in Ireland, but his soul never left Hollywood."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"This typically slick but largely enjoyable Alan Parker offering is the story of the rise and demise of a young Irish soul band."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Based on Doyle's first novel, Alan Parker's movie offers a fresh, captivating portrait of a new band whose goal is to bring 1960s soul music to working-class Dublin."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Groundwork for The Full Monty school of condescending films about noble blue-collar western Europeans who like their beer dark and their unemployment light."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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