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Inside I'm Dancing

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United Kingdom, Ireland, France
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2004

Rated R · 1h 44m

Director Damien O'Donnell
Starring James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Steven Robertson, Alan King
Genre Drama
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Michael, afflicted with cerebral palsy, is a long-term patient at the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled. But his life is transformed when Rory O'Shea, a new patient, introduces him to a whole new world outside Carrgimore. Together they devise a plan to outwit the system and become free at last from the stifling confines of the hospital.

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60

Film Threat by

A harmless little charmer with a uniformly fine cast, played by the numbers for full tear-jerking effect.
88

USA Today by Claudia Puig

Buddy movies are a Hollywood staple, but Rory O'Shea Was Here puts a new and profoundly affecting spin on the tired genre.
70

L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

O'Donnell's directing is assured and glossy as befits a former maker of television commercials, and Jeffrey Caine's exuberant script sidesteps cliché -- just.
60

Village Voice by Jessica Winter

A plea for equality of opportunity, a worthy objective somewhat obscured by non-disabled actors occupying the lead roles. In any case, one imagines Rory himself would prefer a Farrelly disability blooper reel.
60

Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A shameless heart-tugger of considerable appeal that, like many movies that start off with much going for them, could have been so much better had its makers aimed higher.
70

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Better than the usual three-stage journey of courage, heartbreak and redemption. In this case, the triumph of the human spirit comes with a small bitter chaser.
60

The A.V. Club by Nathan Rabin

It wants to humanize the plight of the disabled, but it undermines its worthy aims by presenting its leads as martyrs and saints.

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