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Brooklyn Reviews

December 19, 2016
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 12, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 31, 2015
I could have hung out with everyone in Brooklyn for hours: It's a world you won't want to leave.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 24, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 24, 2015
It's a witty, dreamy love letter to independence and self-discovery - no matter where you call home.
November 20, 2015
Although not without moments of sadness and tragedy, Brooklyn is sublimely uplifting and life affirming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2015
Fans of the novel, of which I'm one, may find the film sweeter and more romantic than Toibin's original conception.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2015
Ronan, in every scene of the film, creates a reserved young woman who seems to mature before our eyes, quietly revealing Eilis' open, yearning heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 19, 2015
Brooklyn is a simple story affectingly told, bridging the emotional gulf one feels when ambition and home are an ocean apart and love is uncertain in either place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2015
Brooklyn is that rare period drama that doesn't lose itself in its dogged re-creation of another time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 19, 2015
It's such a beautiful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 19, 2015
Big, romantic and as sweet as wedding cake, Brooklyn is a bi-continental love story that proudly wears its heart on its well-crafted sleeve.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 19, 2015
If you think they don't make movies like they used to, "Brooklyn" is glorious proof to the contrary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 13, 2015
This could feel like an airport romance novel about a girl whose life is transformed by love, but Ronan complicates Eilis's otherwise simple story arc as much as she can.
November 12, 2015
The film is suffused with the sense that a person is just about to bloom.
November 12, 2015
A cinematic snow-globe of nostalgia, a portrait of two worlds that aches with family lost and freedoms found. It is a beautiful film to experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 12, 2015
"Brooklyn" may be unapologetically old-fashioned, but it's also utterly of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 12, 2015
It's one of the most satisfying films of 2015.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 12, 2015
Something in the richness of its relationships puts an essential truth before us - the brevity and immensity of life. We know all about that, of course, but that's the beauty of great art: It takes what you already know and makes you feel it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 11, 2015
This is a deceptively complex story, arriving in the guise of simplicity. And what drives it is Ronan's beautiful performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 9, 2015
There's a basic emotional truth about the material which stays with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2015
"Brooklyn" is at times swooningly romantic, but it's so much more than just a love story. It's a coming of age tale woven into America's coming of age.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
November 6, 2015
I hesitate to call Brooklyn heartwarming because that usually implies something overweeningly tender. But it's possible to be heartwarming and tough-minded, as this wonderful film demonstrates. And it's possible to be both old-fashioned and vibrant, too.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 6, 2015
The really good decision taken here is the constant close concentration on the face of Saoirse Ronan, still only 21. The film lives in her.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 5, 2015
Saoirse Ronan, who must be among the front-runners for the Best Actress Oscar, gives a remarkable performance as Eilis Lacey, a young woman who moves from small-town Ireland to New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 5, 2015
Saoirse Ronan's expressive face carries this tender romance across the Atlantic, from small-minded Enniscorthy in Ireland to big-hearted New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
November 5, 2015
It's a measure of her power and of the spell cast by this lovely movie that for hours, maybe days after you leave the theater, you'll want to stick around and find out what's around the corner for this now voyager.
November 5, 2015
It summons up a full life in a fable about happiness-pursuing it, achieving it. And bestowing it; the film made me happy too.
November 5, 2015
Although Brooklyn is technically a love story, it's unfair to stop there. It's about discovering who you are regardless of where you find yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 5, 2015
Without Ronan's performance, Brooklyn might have left a sugary taste. But she is the ingredient that brings everything together: her calm poise anchors almost every scene and every shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 5, 2015
This is an old-fashioned entertainment, but one so masterfully crafted and heartfelt that it's hard not to love.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 5, 2015
Brooklyn has an old-fashioned perfection so incandescent, and so winning, that it's almost spooky. It could have come from an alternative, postmodern universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2015
Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen in the year's best and most beguiling love story. The surprise is that it also goes deeper, sadder and truer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 4, 2015
Its beating heart is 21-year-old Saoirse Ronan, once the bright-eyed teen from Atonement but now, on evidence here, the most quietly expressive actor of her generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
November 4, 2015
Brooklyn is an elegant testament to the dream of first experience, relatable to everyone, regardless of where you're from-elevated to no small degree by the blue emerald eyes and creamy complexion of its star ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 4, 2015
Brooklyn doesn't quite capture Brooklyn, but its ambivalence about being Irish is gloriously epic.
November 4, 2015
If I may be utterly, unabashedly frank, I admit that the first time I saw this picture I started crying about forty minutes in and never really stopped. They were not all sad tears, I hasten to add.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 4, 2015
There's great humor and touching, tentative romance. And gradually the film turns its very specific story of one immigrant into a moving group portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 3, 2015
It's certainly a compliment to director John Crowley and screenwriter Nick Hornby (adapting the novel by Colm Tóibín) that the film calls to mind Steven Spielberg and even John Ford in its willingness to commit to the grand gesture.
November 3, 2015
Ms. Ronan uses everything - her posture, her eyebrows, her breath, her teeth, her pores - to convey a process of change that is both seismic and subtle.
November 3, 2015
A godsend for audiences who hunger for rich emotion presented with wit, grace and not a trace of sentimentality, "Brooklyn" illustrates the power of restraint in dealing with poignant, impassioned material.
November 3, 2015
Brooklyn appeals as a love triangle, with charming, old-timey romances befitting the era it depicts, but it's more powerful as a story of one young woman's identity.
November 3, 2015
Brooklyn is a story for anyone who has ever left home. It's a story for those who've waffled in indecision, for those forming their identities and forging their own paths. And it's one of the loveliest films to grace cinemas this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 3, 2015
Saoirse Ronan makes a grand case for herself as the millennial generation's finest leading lady in Brooklyn, an immaculately crafted, immensely moving character study about a 1950s immigrant struggling to find her place in the world.
September 14, 2015
In the tingling chemistry between two of her young leads, Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen, Weir and the film's director, John Crowley, achieve something close to a miracle ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2015
An awards-caliber performance by Saoirse Ronan, as a shy and awkward Irish immigrant who struggles to fit in when she arrives in the Borough of Churches in 1952.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2015
Saoirse Ronan shines, but relative newcomer Emory Cohen is the true breakout in this tale of a young woman torn between two men on opposite sides of the Atlantic.
January 28, 2015
Brooklyn is a sweet movie, and its time-capsule quality is its real sell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2015
It's the sweet sincerity of "Brooklyn" that stamps it as both refreshing and nostalgic. The film is as welcome as a photo you just discovered of your mother before you were born, in which she looks prettier than you ever imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2015
A superb, emotionally turbulent account of a young Irishwoman's attempt to become an American in the early 1950s.
January 27, 2015
I'm not sure where it turned me. It could have been a look in Saoirse Ronan's eyes or a musical cue or just the right image, but I was helpless. It worked its magic. And, yes, this movie is magical.