Rory O'Shea Was Here
Rory O'Shea Was Here (2005)

Michael is a twenty-four-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in. Michael… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The dramatic aspects of Rory O'Shea Was Here veer into mawkish, formulaic sentiment, which undercuts the characters' individuality.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Full marks for intent; barely a pass for execution.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The script, despite doses of irreverent humour, feels manipulative...

Anna Smith

A modest, relatively low-budget affair graced with strong stars and sharp dialogue.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Rory O'Shea is half sitcom, half sap.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Funny and moving, and more entertaining than some of the movies you are considering this weekend.

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Richard James Havis
Film Journal International

Director Damien O'Donnell has achieved a warm and uplifting movie which is marred only by a brief drift into melodrama in the middle.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It addresses the essential human need for dignity, for freedom, for mastery over one's life.

Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post

For all its noble intentions and vigorous performances, never transcends the claustrophobic character study.

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Mary Lasse
Christianity Today

A technical mess. The final version looks like an unfinished cut.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
Since I am disabled I do not feel as guilty rating this movie on the low end. It was predictable and little new to the plight of the disabled was offered. The… More
Leigh Ryan
Movie of hope and accomplishment.
Jim Hunter
On one hand, I think I should be cynical about this film: suggest it is emotionally manipulative and functions on the "strength" of its cliches.… More
Lady D'arbanville
A theme that?s very rarely portrayed as natural as this film was able to, it dealt with the issue in hand in a realistic manner; whilst keeping a realistic… More
CAST: James McAvoy, Steven Robertson, Romola Garai, Brenda Fricker, Gerard McSorley, Tom Hickey DIRECTED BY: Damien O'Donnell SUMMARY: When Rory… More
Tim Salmons
Rory O'Shea Was Here was quite a surprise indeed. Two friends both with debilitating diseases find each other, become dependant on each other and then by… More