Red Roses and Petrol
Red Roses and Petrol (2008)

Their father having recently died, three estranged Irish siblings come together under the same roof for the first time in years in director Tamar Simon Hoffs' feature adaptation of an original stage by Joseph O'Connor. As the wake… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: April 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 7% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune

Little about the Doyles makes you want to partake of their sour hospitality, even if it's only for an hour and a half.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Solid performances and a literary feel help turn a standard family-rift drama into a dry but saucy narrative.

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Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News

With her static camera, director and co-writer Tamar Simon Hoffs has done little to move it out of its staginess.

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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe

Because Petrol is so grim, its few moments of repentance and reconciliation don't feel as contrived as they might otherwise; if any film has earned the right to be sentimental, it's this one.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

If, as Tolstoy observed, happy families are alike, and each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, the Dublin-set film Red Roses and Petrol didn't get the message, being a dysfunctional clan movie that feels dispiritingly like all the others.

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Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

Mired by cliché and oddly beset by a sense of false Irishness.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

As even a novice moviegoer would expect, they argue and drink, then argue and drink some more.

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New York Times

In Red Roses and Petrol, a soused, post-funeral postmortem on a dysfunctional Dublin family, the misery seeps from the screen in cold, damp waves; by the end you'll be grabbing for the bottle yourself.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Hoffs locks down her characters in unimaginatively framed medium shots, while mixing in a few monochromatic flashbacks, some video footage of the dead patriarch and two fast-cut sequences in a vain attempt at visual variety.

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Kevin M. Williams
An Irish family gather for the death of the father and some drinks. No one is happy or quiet about it. Fingers of blame are frequent in this static production… More