The Snapper
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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, but refuses to reveal the identity of the father to anyone. Her father, Dessie (Colm Meaney), is supportive, but begins to chafe at the derisive gossip aimed at his family and his daughter. This leads to a confrontation between the two that is, like the rest of the movie, simultaneously funny and sad. The family waits in the hospital as Sharon gives birth to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"A small, joyful lark of a film."
‑ Charles Hagen, New York Times
"At once realistic and idealised, this is a rare attempt to make drama of ordinary people doing the right thing."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Intimate and effective little drama from Stephen Frears."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A fun look at Irish life; warm, loud and comical."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Better-than-average sitcom stuff, enhanced by the lively performances, Doyle's own adaptation, and the able direction of Stephen Frears."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This rip-roaring Irish comedy is the freshest surprise of the season."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Gritty, charming and with a heart as big as the Emerald Isle itself."
‑ , Film4
"A charming Irish comedy in the same spirit as Waking Ned Devine. Colm Meaney is far funnier than his Star Trek credentials would suggest."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"An unforgettable portrait of an Irish family drama whose loving dad is also his daughter's knight in shining armor."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Deeply affecting."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Well written and directed, The Snapper celebrates common sense and human decency, qualities which triumph over prudishness and restrictive social mores."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I can't get enough of those wacky Irish, and this film's got plenty."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Thanks largely to Colm Meaney's charming lead performance, it's just one of the most purely enjoyable comedies of 1993."
‑ Scott Renshaw,
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