Evelyn (2002)

One man takes on the Irish family law system and the Catholic Church in a bid to be reunited with his children in this drama, based on a true story. In 1953, Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) was a house painter and decorator who, despite a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 13, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though predictable and sometimes overly sentimental, Evelyn still manages to be heartwarming.

Eddie Cockrell

A sprightly pace and a fatalistic sense of humor propel the proceedings over a generous amount of drinking jokes and other cliches of Irish life and culture.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn, and Alan Bates play Desmond's legal eagles, and when joined by Brosnan, the sight of this grandiloquent quartet lolling in pretty Irish settings is a pleasant enough thing, 'tis.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

While it does have its charm, and it does, it's a pretty bad, pretty hokey piece of fluff that never really registers as a genuine drama, only as an emotionally manipulative piece of dribble with actors that give horrible accents.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Instead of the clear-headed resolve the material demands, Beresford's film offers slush, blarney and grandstanding actors ...

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

Your head may want to resist Evelyn, but your heart will have a hard time of it.

Michael Dequina

Did director Bruce Beresford have to ratchet up the saccharine of an innately sentimental story?

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's Kramer vs. Kramer, without the Kramers, a 'true story' without much of the truth.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

From any other filmmaker, Evelyn would be merely a forgettable good intention, but when you consider that Beresford is the man who brought us Black Robe and Breaker Morant, it approaches heartbreak.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

It offers few surprises, but the strength of the performances, and Beresford's touch as a director make it a worthwhile diversion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Erin Collins
Beautiful story showing a father's love for his children.
Lee Kyle
Tear jerker for sure and a good storyline and acting.