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White Irish Drinkers
Two young men are looking for a better life but may have to go to the wrong side of the law to get it in this independent drama from director John Gray. Brian Leary (Nick Thurston) and Danny (Geoff Wigdor) are brothers living in a decaying Brooklyn neighborhood in 1975. Tired of dealing with their angry and abusive father (Stephen Lang) and high-strung mother (Karen Allen), both Brian and Danny want to move out and do something different with their lives, but their ambitions travel different paths. Danny, the older brother, is a petty criminal who is trying to finance a new life one hold-up at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Every kitchen-sink dramatic cliché is trotted out in John Gray's Brooklyn period piece."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The basic outline of the plot, built around a promised local concert by the Rolling Stones - well, if you don't know where that story is headed, you haven't seen as many movies as I think you have."
‑ Anthony Venutolo, Newark Star-Ledger
"A period drama that's as predictable and cliched as green beer on St. Patrick's Day."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Writer-director John Gray was blessed to find the faces of actors Thurston and Murphy."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"White Irish Drinkers is a visceral experience."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"A movie that one watches with the sense of pushing it up a hill."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Writer-director John Gray digs into his own background to create the ardent and atmospheric White Irish Drinkers. The close, cramped intimacy of this film is so real it stings."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The dialogue and action in White Irish Drinkers couldn't be more on the nose if the film was intended to be a parody. Sadly, Gray means for us to take it seriously."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"I normally kind of like these sort of modest genre movies, but this is just marinating in its own mediocrity."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"Here's a 1970s-set film nostalgic for the days young Irish-American men addressed each other as "ya' hump.""
‑ Amy Amatangelo, Boston Herald
"Despite the cliches that push every scene forward, there's an unexpected appeal to John Gray's modest drama, emanating from its center."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"White Irish Drinkers is a heavy borrower deep into the pocket of pop culture's loan shark, and lacking the grace to acknowledge the debt."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Under no circumstances would I recommend that you see "White Irish Drinkers." But if you do, a good, stiff belt would not be a bad idea."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Veteran TV director John Gray brings little or nothing new to conflicts we've seen in an endless stream of movies, including Saturday Night Fever and (to go straight to the top of the list) Mean Streets."
‑ Andy Klein, Christian Science Monitor
"This is a gritty, dreamy Everyman story, sure to resonate with viewers who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks."
‑ Peg Aloi, Boston Phoenix
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