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Reviews: Brooklyn (2015)

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  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Piacerà al pubblico della domenica pomeriggio ed a qualche cineforum cattolico.
  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK.hr [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Usprkos svom prilicno plitkom sadržaju, ‘Brooklyn’ gledateljima pruža mnogo.
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The brilliance of Brooklyn is in its simplicity and universality, for whether native-born or immigrant everyone can relate to someone starting over, finding love, and struggling between their roots and their wings.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The medium of film is used to evoke so many intense emotional experiences — falling in love, falling out of love, grief, depression, vengeance towards the robot that killed your family — it’s a bit surprising so few films have delved into the black hole of homesickness. Certainly none have done it with the skill of John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn,’ which captures, with heart-wrenching accuracy, the crippling feeling of being all alone in an insurmountably strange place.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: Sweeping you up in its world fully and stealthily, “Brooklyn” represents the finest film work to date from everyone associated with it.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A heart-affecting immigrant love story with a genuine and poignant performance by Saoirse Ronan.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Brooklyn es una de las mejores películas del año. Además de funcionar como un drama romántico clásico, la misma también logra un excelente trabajo a la hora de contar la clásica historia de la inmigración – del ser humano buscando una mejor vida. Saoirse Ronan es excelente como la protagonista del film, mientras que Emory Cohen se roba el show, sorprendiendo con su sensacional trabajo. Brooklyn es impecable en todos los departamentos, y sin duda merece tu atención. ¡Altamente recomendada!
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: Brooklyn is a fine serving of comfort food, innocent and successfully operating at a deeper level when exploring the difficulties of leaving home.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: There isn’t a wrong moment in “Brooklyn,” a film to get lost in, to mull over. To experience it is like revisiting old family photographs or snuggling up on a cold day with a good book.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The plot of “Brooklyn” may not be particularly groundbreaking, but its heart and intelligence resonate deeply. It’s not even a new question to ask whether or not you can go home again, but it’s done with surprising nuance here. “Brooklyn” is a deceptively simple story about deceptively complex human emotions.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It’s like some lovely modern fable—a warm embrace of a film, full of compassion, pain, and hope.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Saorsie Ronan’s immigrant girl undertakes an arduous sea voyage from her Irish homeland to America. Just like Ronan’s own odyssey, it’s the journey from teen to woman that fascinates.
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Brooklyn’ is a charming tale of love and finding one’s home that is carried exquisitely by Saoirse Ronan who plays an Irish immigrant making a fresh start in the New York borough.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sweetly poignant assimilation story, enhanced by a superbly confident ensemble…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: What makes Brooklyn so affecting is the fully realized portrait of American life, as seen through the eyes of an outsider. The entire composition is rather profound.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Beautifully portrays a very universal experience — not only of immigration but of growing up — via an elegantly nuanced performance by Saoirse Ronan.
  • Allyson Johnson @ CambridgeDay.com
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Young immigrant girls are supposed to get tricked, drugged, attacked, and/or sold into sex slavery. Brooklyn would never be so gauche. We follow a meek girl, personifying an entire nation of leavers, transform into a self-confident woman who runs into a fork in the road; two lives, you get to pick one.
  • Greg Klymkiw @ The Film Corner
    • Excerpt: Save for the pleasing cast of babes (Saoirse Ronan, Jessie Paré) and hunks (Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson) providing ample scenery (in addition to the general period production design) and a couple of old Brit stalwarts (Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters) ham-boning to the hilt, about the best I can say about Brooklyn is that my Mother (God rest her soul) would have enjoyed it thoroughly. She was, however, uh, like, old.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: If there is a more uplifting film making the rounds we’re not aware of it … Conditioned by so many misanthropic melodramas, we assume, cynically, that the worst will befall Ronan. When this doesn’t happen, we’re pleasantly surprised, touched.
  • Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]
    • Excerpt: Like Stephen Frears’ best dramas, John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’ is of a subtle, well-tempered elegance.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Though the film is a little light on development, it will stay in the mind for its heart-breaking examination of emigration, its avoidance of ‘big’ scenes and a great central performance.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: The look of 1950s Brooklyn and Ireland is beautiful—each glimpse more idyllic than the next to render the film a fairy tale of sorts where fate delivers so great a hand that nothing can be left to chance. This is a conscious aesthetic putting every bit of attention squarely on Ronan’s extremely capable shoulders to lead us through the sorrow, glee, romance, pain, and clarity necessary to unearth what it is that actually matters.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba
    • Excerpt: Lively and lovely, Brooklyn is a delight that will bring you to tears, but leave you smiling.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Brooklyn is a beautiful film that will evoke a sense of nostalgia, and Saoirse Ronan shines throughout.
  • Daniel Schindel @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It’s hardly subtle or incisive, but works as an old-fashioned tearjerker bolstered by a strong lead turn from Saoirse Ronan.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: A film of quiet beauty, BROOKLYN reminds me of classic movie gems from the past.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: With respect to story and theme, there’s nothing especially revelatory within Brooklyn’s heartfelt, dignified margins. What makes the film exceptional is how impeccably it captures the emotional nuances of being ensnared between two worlds.
Updated: February 25, 2016 — 9:51 pm
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