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The Boys from County Clare

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Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany


Rated R • 1h 31m

Director John Irvin

Starring Colm Meaney, Bernard Hill, Shaun Evans, Andrea Corr

Genre Romance, Comedy, Music

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Two feuding brothers and their respective Ceilidh bands compete at a music festival. Set in 1960's Ireland.


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Chicago Tribune by

An irresistible Irish comedy, lovingly told, beautifully acted and graced with the perfect balance of chuckles and bittersweet heartache.

Variety by David Rooney

Given a lift by its folksy soundtrack of toe-tapping Ceili dance tunes, the film is handsomely produced and engaging enough, but never more than that due to a weak dramatic arc and soft conflicts in Nicholas Adams' script and to John Irvin's functional direction.

Chicago Reader by J.R. Jones

This uninspired comedy drama seems to have been bankrolled by the state tourism board, yet the Celtic music sequences provide welcome relief from the reheated plot.

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Grateful fans so enamored of traditional Irish folk music that they don't care how they come by it may enjoy John Irvin's folk-filled feature, but while there's lots of great Ceili music on tap, it's wrapped in a story so traditional that it's not especially interesting.

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

The film's modest charms are ingratiating and sweet, thanks to Colm Meaney's hilariously salty lead performance and a soundtrack that channels the warm spirit of traditional Ceili music.