The Grand Seduction
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The Grand Seduction
A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor's time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction. (c)eOne

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The filmmakers hope for a fable-like charm rather than gritty credibility, but the whole thing feels as cynical as the villagers' convoluted mission."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Loved Local Hero? Charmed by Waking Ned Devine? Then go watch Local Hero and Waking Ned Devine."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"At best, this aspires to the whimsical charm of Local Hero; at worst, it simply steals from it."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"A comedy drama that offers a portrait of the Emerald Isle that is contrived in its quaintness."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Radio Times
"Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch doggy-paddle awkwardly through this lacklustre fishing village comedy."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Thanks to its cast, "The Grand Seduction" turns out to be, if not exactly groundbreaking, at least agreeable, comfortable fun."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"So intricately plotted and unlikely that it verges on the exotic, "The Grand Seduction" is nevertheless a hoot."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"This is all about duels between rugged veterans. Cheery Gleeson and craggy Gordon Pinset steal the show."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Brendan Gleeson brings bags of charm and feeling to his role as the local-schemer-in-chief and there's some poignancy in the community's desperation to find employment."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"Despite some occasional wobbles, this is a charming small-town comedy in the Ealing tradition, while Douglas Koch's attractive cinematography is almost enough to make you consider relocating to Newfoundland. Almost."
‑ Matthew Turner, The List
"It's all very sweet. And a big stretch."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A fish-out-of-water fable set within a fabulously scenic backdrop, against which wholesome humor and a thoroughgoing humanist streak play out and intertwine with gentle, unforced ease."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Though ultimately a somewhat forgettable feature film, The Grand Seduction does have a lot of heart and a certain charm to it which makes for an easy, gratifying experience."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"It's a bit of a soppy, sappy film that wastes Gleeson's talent and incidentally appears to imply that bribing oil-company executives is a victimless crime."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Gleeson is a strong anchor and brings some complexity to his part; it's just that he isn't served well by a script that too often mistakes bluntness for irony."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Digital Spy
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