Waking Ned Devine
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Just as the charming British film The Full Monty told the story of simple men willing to shed their clothes for money, Waking Ned Devine is the story of older Irish men who pursue money and take off their clothes. Commercial director Kirk Jones makes his feature directing debut with a story about a small town in Ireland called Tulaigh More, where one of their 52 inhabitants wins the lotto jackpot of nearly seven million pounds. When nobody claims it, the town goes on a search to find out why. They find the winner, old Ned Devine, dead -- a smile on his face, clutching the winning ticket. Well,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A genial, feel-good item."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Completely delightful movie."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Some funny parts, but kids may not be interested."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Jones could have done worse than to fashion this slight entertainment, but it's also clear that he could do much better."
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There is no sense of newness to the story."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Though it strives for broad humor, pushing cuteness and light irony, this bland 1998 movie isn't exactly a comedy."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Breezy little comedy."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"As the twin revelations of a wonderfully unexpected pay-off prove, in the end there's no substitute for wit, invention and real, priceless humour."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"You'll love Waking Ned Devine."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Gentle in most of its humor, but also has just enough edge and bite to keep it from being gaggingly gooey."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Charming performances and easygoing humour are the strengths of Jones's enjoyable Oirish romp."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"There is some nudity in Ned Devine, but it's the funniest nudity in movies in ages."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Irresistibly charming."
‑ , Film4
"The film is tediously slow. The actors seem to pause too long between lines and the storytelling is far too smooth."
‑ Ilana Lindsey, Film Threat
"Like the hit movie The Full Monty, this British import has its funny shots of naked men."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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