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Romance . Drama

In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.

Actors: Saoirse Ronan , Domhnall Gleeson , Emory Cohen , Emily Bett Rickards , Nora-Jane Noone , Michael Zegen , Paulino Nunes , Jenn Murray , Eve Macklin , Jessica Paré , Hugh Gormley , Brid Brennan , Jim Broadbent
Directors: John Crowley
Release: 2015-11-25
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  • Todd McCarthy

    Classily and classically crafted in the best sense by director John Crowley and screenwriter Nick Hornby, this superbly acted romantic drama is set in the early 1950s and provides the feeling of being lifted into a different world altogether, so transporting is the film’s sense of time and place and social mores.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    A heartbreaking and poignant story about choices, country, commitments, sacrifice, and love, Brooklyn is a superb, luminous, and bittersweet portrayal of who we are, where we’ve come from, where we’re going, and the places we call home.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    It's a damn good movie.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Anthony Kaufman

    Brooklyn balances its melodramatic leanings with several light touches.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    A robust romantic drama, rich in history and full of emotion, Brooklyn fills a niche in which the studios once specialized, using a well-read and respected novel as the grounds for a tenderly observed tearjerker.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sterlin Johnson

    Brooklyn showcases a number of appealing ingredients, but ultimately lacks an adequate story to prop them up.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    What’s exciting about Brooklyn is the way it engages its ethnicity without succumbing to stereotypes.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    As broad as it is charming, Brooklyn is an old-fashioned Sunday afternoon drama told with rare pluck and humor.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Brooklyn is that rare period drama that doesn't lose itself in its dogged re-creation of another time.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    If you think they don’t make movies like they used to, Brooklyn is glorious proof to the contrary.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The magic of Brooklyn can’t be analyzed, but 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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Soaring, swooning and gently nostalgic, Brooklyn takes melodrama to a new level of reassuring simplicity and emotional transparency.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    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. It’s the best new/old movie in town.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    A sensitive, dewy-eyed yet mature performance by Saoirse Ronan is the appealing centerpiece of Brooklyn.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    People have spoken about how understated and old-fashioned Brooklyn is, to the extent that it might come across as a pleasant innocuous entertainment. Don’t be fooled. Brooklyn is not toothless. But it is big-hearted, romantic and beautiful. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    The film serves as an authentic examination of the mid-twentieth-century immigrant experience — and an intimate exploration of one woman's attempt to understand who she is and where she wants to belong.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Phillip Kemp

    Colm Tóibín’s bitter-sweet novel of the Irish expat experience brought impeccably to the screen by Crowley and Hornby, with Saoirse Ronan excelling herself in the leaf.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    It’s not easy to make a movie as beautiful as Brooklyn, where the stakes are low but the outcome really matters. This is an old-fashioned entertainment, but one so masterfully crafted and heartfelt that it’s hard not to love.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Brooklyn often feels like a throwback in the best way, while Ronan has an old-time star turn, and she makes the most of it.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Brooklyn grabs us, holds us and moves us on its own. Emotionally it’s a killer.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Brooklyn endows its characters with desires and aspirations, but not with foresight, and it examines the past with open-minded curiosity rather than with sentimentality or easy judgment.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    If you’re yearning to take a sentimental journey, Brooklyn is the perfect destination.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

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

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Crowley and his creative team — cinematographer Yves Bélanger, designer François Séguin, composer Michael Brook, costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux — build 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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's one of the most satisfying films of 2015.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Brooklyn is easily the year's best and most beguiling love story. The surprise is that it also goes deeper, sadder and truer.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    This is sweet, sentimental filmmaking of the old school, but it’s too sincere to get sticky. If “nice” isn’t the kind of adjective to put you off a movie, you’ll probably enjoy Brooklyn, even if you’re occasionally aware of its masterful manipulations.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Ronan is Brooklyn's linchpin, and its saving grace.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    All involved bring a warm eccentricity that lifts what in lesser hands could be a collection of cliches about the contrasts between the Old World and the New.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Ronan, who’s made a habit of giving us sparkling turns since she was a kid in 2007’s Atonement, delivers a dazzlingly mature performance.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    This being a period drama, all the expected visual grandeur is present and accounted for, from Yves Belanger's vibrant cinematography to Odile Dicks-Mireaux's period-authentic costumes to Francois Seguin's production design.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Brooklyn doesn’t quite capture Brooklyn, but its ambivalence about being Irish is gloriously epic.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Gradually the film turns its very specific story of one immigrant into a moving group portrait.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Unashamedly romantic and achieved with a beautifully subtle, old-fashioned elegance, it’s a graceful coming-of-age tale ripe for awards.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tom Graham

    The casting is perfect and the acting uniformly superb. For all its lack of depth, the script is sharp, zippy and only occasionally hokey.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The star of Brooklyn is Fiona Weir – not a person who appears on screen at any stage, but the woman who cast it.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    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.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Crowley wisely keeps Ronan center stage and often in close-up. She lets us feel the pain of leave-takings, the depression of homesickness in that pre-digital age, the dilemma of first love, and maybe second love, overlapping, the pull of the familiar vs. the hope of the new and different.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Elise Nakhnikian

    The allure of the road not taken and Saoirse Ronan's performance exert a powerful pull.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Richard Brody

    The simplifications and sanitizations of Brooklyn would be only dreary if they merely served the purpose of a streamlined and simplified story-telling mechanism. What renders them odious is the ethos that they embody, the worldview that they package.

    The New Yorker Full Review
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