Dancing at Lughnasa
Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)

This adaptation of Brian Friel's play focuses on five Irish sisters and takes place in 1936 on a Donegal farm. The story of a turning-point summer is told in retrospect by the adult son of one of the women and begins when the sisters… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 13, 1998
DVD Release Date: June 15, 1999
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Dequina

Soapy melodrama masquerading as high art.

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Steve Rhodes
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On stage, the play may have worked, but this movie version doesn't.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

so beautifully captures the details of its time and place and its characters' lives that it's difficult to resist being drawn in.

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Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International

A deftly structured memory piece as beautifully sad as it is charming.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A meditative film that lyrically affirms the small acts of love, courage, and kindness that knit a family together in the face of hardship and change.

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Arthur Lazere

[Director] O'Connor exercises both admirable restraint and disciplined editing. The camera's eye brings us painterly beauty in the harsh Irish landscape.

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Sunil Jawahir
A strong cast and a a sweet story about sisters in a small Irish town.