Black Irish
Black Irish (2007)

A young man struggles to grow up with principles as his family begins to self-destruct around him in this coming of age drama. Cole McKay (Michael Angarano) is a boy in his middle-teens growing up in an Irish-Catholic family in Boston.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 26, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

While the film has many well-observed ultimately suffers from its relentless piling on of crises.

Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

It's too sincere and thoughtful to be immediately dismissed. But it is terribly frustrating viewing: so much time and creative energy spent making a movie that, in one form or another, the audience has already seen.

Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

The problem with Black Irish is that, like those photos shifted to cover the holes, not everything is hanging in quite the right place here.

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Los Angeles Times

Black Irish boasts many memorable scenes and fine characterizations but ultimately plays more like a series of snapshots come to life than as an organically satisfying story.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Could almost be labeled a Gaelic minstrel show, so riddled is it with every conceivable clich and stereotype ever associated with the sons of Eire.

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Richard Horgan

Gleeson inhabits the character in such a way that one cannot help but wonder how many Irish fathers like this he has personally known.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A small-bore Southie coming-of-age drama whose heart is just a bit bigger than its cliches.

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Geoff Berkshire

It'll be worth watching to see if [director Brad Gann] plays to his strengths on future projects.

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Kam Williams
Leader Newspapers, New Jersey

A drismal drama rather reminiscent of Angela's Ashes, especially in terms of maintaining a relentlessly pessimistic and morose tone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Angarano, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Gulry, Melissa Leo, Emily VanCamp, Michael Rispoli, Francis Capra DIRECTED BY BRAD GANN Wow. This movie was not at… More
Chosen 718
Not as good as i thought it would be [based on the trailer] but it had some good performances. Tom Guiry was the highlight of the movie despite the fact that he… More
Nani Vang
Bravo! Loved it!!! Michael Angarano was great in here. This movie made me laugh and cry...lovely film.
Marion Ravenwood
I really liked it and Angarano was really good. It's a pretty tough story, but a very neat watch.
Todd Smith
This is not an original story, it seems that in recent years we have been flooded with stories that are very similar to this. It was very well done though, with… More
Leo L
Oh wow! I thought I had already rated this before. Hmmm.....this is definitely one of interest about a boy who struggles with the indifference of leaving… More