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The Snapper (1993)



Critic Consensus: Warm, funny, and populated by easily relatable characters, The Snapper is a compulsively watchable slice-of-life dramedy with much to recommend.

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Roddy Doyle adapted his novel for this comedy/drama about an independent young Irishwoman, unmarried and pregnant, who refuses to tell her family and friends the identity of her baby's father.

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Tina Kellegher
as Sharon Curley
Colm Meaney
as Dessie Curley
Ruth McCabe
as Kay Curley
Pat Laffan
as George
Ciara Duffy
as Kimberley
Virginia Cole
as Doris Burgess
Denis Menton
as Pat Burgess
Stanley Townsend
as Anaesthetist
Joan Sheehy
as Woman in Hospital
Rynagh O'Grady
as Neighbour 1
Sheila Flitton
as Neighbour 2
Jack Lynch
as Policeman
Britta Smith
as Woman in Police Station
Marie Conmee
as Barrytown Neighbour
Jimmy Keogh
as Barrytown Neighbour
as Famine
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Critic Reviews for The Snapper

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

As warm and lived-in as an old pair of boots, The Snapper is an honorable feel-good movie.

March 13, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Casting and playing are uniformly tops, with special praise for Fionnuala Murphy as Kellegher's best pal, Ruth McCabe as the quiet, long-suffering mom, and the five kids as her loopy brothers and sisters.

March 11, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Better-than-average sitcom stuff, enhanced by the lively performances, Doyle's own adaptation, and the able direction of Stephen Frears.

March 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Deeply affecting.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

A small, joyful lark of a film.

May 21, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This rip-roaring Irish comedy is the freshest surprise of the season.

May 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for The Snapper


This is a fairly light, but quite funny movie about how a family deals with the circumstances surrounding oldest daughter, Sharon, and her pregnancy. The film is certainly rough going at first, its not a film that's appealing visually and some of the comedy felt a little forced. For example, whenever Sharon and her friends are at the pub and they're shooting the shit, talking about various topics, all of that completely unnatural and unfunny. It'd be one thing if it only happened once and it was done with, but it happens at least several times and none of those times are particularly funny. It's almost like that actresses are begging you to laugh with their over-the-top and exaggerated laughter at everything they say. It was just bad. Thankfully, though, the film certainly picked up and it was actually a really funny film by the end. It's a rare example of the film that keeps getting better as it goes along and ends at its peak. The story is sweet, about the dedication and the support your family can give you when almost everyone else in town has turned their back on you. So that was good, even if it was a little predictable. The ending was probably a little too happy for me and there was the potential for the film to get a little darker, with George's depression after being rejected by Sharon, but they didn't go for it. Probably wouldn't have fit with the light and breezy approach, but it would've given the film something different. Not that I can complain really, the movie was quite good with a solid script with plenty of laughs and a good cast. Some flaws here and there keep it from being better, but it's a good watch if you have Netflix and 90 minutes to kill.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

Chief O'Brien takes a turn as an unexpected grandparent in a touching Irish film. The scene in the pub which takes place as his daughter gives birth is fabulous.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Hilarious! A brilliant movie about a family who go through the motions of everyday life. Colm Meaney is fantastic in this one! A great comedy! Simply love it!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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