Rocky Road to Dublin
Rocky Road to Dublin (1968)

This documentary chronicles the changes Ireland has gone through since the political uprising of 1916. Dark shadows are cast on the Emerald Isle as social problems plague the Irish. The upper classes retain the austerity of the British… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1968
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

What could have been a turning point was instead a footnote of Irish cinema, seen now to be a presciently accurate assessment of Ireland's turbulent national character at a pivotal time of transition.

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R. Emmet Sweeney
Village Voice

If the film's cultural work is finished, its historical place will always be secure.

David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Odd premise and conclusions but despite Peter Lennon's controversial viewpoint this remains compelling.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Lennon's analysis is always lucid but only skims the surface, and Coutard appears more interested in people than politics.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The idealistic Peter Lennon, a Paris-based Guardian journalist, films a deeply affectionate look at his homeland on his return home.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Argues, lucidly and surreptitiously, for the extinction of a country's outmoded sate of affairs.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

This 1968 survey of Irish life remains noteworthy for its historical perspective, sardonic tone, lively structure and finely etched black and white cinematography.

Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

At times the film is a bit random and rambling, but these vignettes are an invaluable record of life in Ireland during the '60s, with the final images of children running through the streets a symbol of hope for an unfettered future.

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Matthew Leyland

This is a tough but tender snapshot whose sociological and artistic merits have stood the test of time.

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