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Brooklyn (2015)



Critic Consensus: Brooklyn buttresses outstanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen with a rich period drama that tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind.

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BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. (C) Fox Searchlight

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Saoirse Ronan
as Eilis Lacey
Domhnall Gleeson
as Jim Farrell
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Kehoe
Jim Broadbent
as Father Flood
Brid Brennan
as Miss Kelly
Mary O'Driscoll
as Miss McAdam
Michael Zegen
as Maurizio
Paulino Nunes
as Mr. Fiorello
Matt Glynn
as Priest
Emma Lowe
as Mrs. Brady
Barbara Drennan
as Shabby Woman
Gillian McCarthy
as Timid Woman
Jane Brennan
as Mary Lacey
Peter Campion
as George Sheridan
James Corscadden
as Ship Waiter
Jane Wheeler
as Bartocci Customer #1
Jessica Paré
as Miss Fortini
Adrien Benn
as Diner Waiter
Al Goulem
as Mr. Rosenblum
Max Walker
as Young Man
Iarla O'Lionaird
as Frankie Doran
Jenn Murray
as Dolores
Ellis Rockburn
as Young Man at Dance
Erika Rosenbaum
as Bartocci Customer #2
Ellen David
as Mrs. Fiorello
James DiGiacomo
as Frankie Fiorello
Paul Stewart
as City Hall Official
Tadhg McMahon
as Boy's Father
Hudson LeBlanc
as Boy at City Hall
Denis Conway
as Mr. Brown
Karen Ardiff
as Mrs. Farrell
Gary Lydon
as Mr. Farrell
Aine Ni Mhuiri
as Mrs. Byrne
Mella Carron
as Girl On Deck
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Critic Reviews for Brooklyn

All Critics (268) | Top Critics (51)

Brooklyn is one of the best films ever made about leaving one's homeland in search of a better life, and forging a new path. [Full review in Japanese]

December 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Part of the film's charm is the way that Irish director John Crowley manages the mood, without compromising the momentum. His direction is impeccable.

February 12, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

I could have hung out with everyone in Brooklyn for hours: It's a world you won't want to leave.

December 31, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

With compassion, a touch of melancholy and a sense of wonder, Brooklyn reveals the profound truths in a simple, familiar story, ending on a note that's achingly bittersweet, no matter where you're from.

November 24, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's a witty, dreamy love letter to independence and self-discovery - no matter where you call home.

November 24, 2015 | Full Review…

Although not without moments of sadness and tragedy, Brooklyn is sublimely uplifting and life affirming.

November 20, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brooklyn

Very nicely acted and filmed movie. I appreciated, but didn't necessarily like it. The main problem I had was that I wasn't overly keen on Eilis. There were parts to her I found cruel (such as her behaviour to the young blonde girl and the not even opening Tony's letters). This isn't the fault of the film - but it is marketed as a romantic love story with a triangle. It's actually not that romantic. I feel like Eillis was railroaded into the relationship with Tony and just drifts into another with Jim. There's no chemistry or real emotion portrayed with either. She is dishonest and seems to just let life happen to her. Even her choice at the end is circumstance more than truly her own. It did feel very real to the time period though and Soirse does a great job portraying Eillis. I can appreciate women had less options in that era and it was a different time and so would be interested to read the book and see if the character is more likeable there!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Delightful, but not exceptional. Kinda like the real Brooklyn.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


With a nod to John Ford's The Quiet Man we go to Ireland where a young woman leaves home for a better life in America in a time when that was a thing that was done. Good performances (and great cinematography, costuming, and set design) nearly disguise the romantized telling of her finding her way, aid in the feeling of sympathy for her in what is essentially a Harlequin romance/ Hallmark postcard, however well done.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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