The Snapper
The Snapper (1993)

The Snapper is Stephen Frears's adaptation of the second book in Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy. The Curley family is a poor but eccentric and loving Irish family. Oldest daughter Sharon (Tina Kellegher) announces she is pregnant,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score
97%
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User Score
88%



Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley
Variety

Casting and playing are uniformly tops, with special praise for Fionnuala Murphy as Kellegher's best pal, Ruth McCabe as the quiet, long-suffering mom, and the five kids as her loopy brothers and sisters.

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Charles Hagen
New York Times

A small, joyful lark of a film.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

At once realistic and idealised, this is a rare attempt to make drama of ordinary people doing the right thing.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Better-than-average sitcom stuff, enhanced by the lively performances, Doyle's own adaptation, and the able direction of Stephen Frears.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

This rip-roaring Irish comedy is the freshest surprise of the season.

Film4

Gritty, charming and with a heart as big as the Emerald Isle itself.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Deeply affecting.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

The marriage of humor and drama is admittedly imperfect, but it works well enough to occasionally spawn laughter and touch the heart, and there's a crucial scene between Colm Meaney and Tina Kellegher that is beautifully written, acted, and directed.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Well written and directed, The Snapper celebrates common sense and human decency, qualities which triumph over prudishness and restrictive social mores.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Chief O'Brien takes a turn as an unexpected grandparent in a touching Irish film. The scene in the pub which takes place as his daughter gives birth is… More
Leo L
Hilarious! A brilliant movie about a family who go through the motions of everyday life. Colm Meaney is fantastic in this one! A great comedy! Simply love it!