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100
San Francisco Chronicle
Burns has created an endearing gathering of people we all know, and every one of them is so much fun that leaving the theater at the end elicits a touch of regret.
89
Austin Chronicle
It is a rare treat of a film.
88
ReelViews
You don't have to be Catholic, or Irish, or even American, to "get it." Burns' language, despite originating on Long Island, is universal in appeal and meaning.
80
Rolling Stone
The women's characters are as well drawn as the men's in a splendidly acted film that captures the confusion of love in ways that are ardent, affecting and wonderfully funny.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie brings into focus how rare religion and spirituality are in American films.
75
USA Today
This meaty Irish stew isn't arty or elliptical. It ought to connect with anyone who's survived sibling tension or romantic fence-sitting. [9 August 1995, Life, p.5D]
75
Chicago Tribune
A clever, amiably low-key mix of family drama and romantic comedy.[18 August 1995, Friday, p.C]
67
Entertainment Weekly
The romantic troubles of three Irish-Catholic brothers on Long Island don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Respectable by the tube's standards, even a cut above dumbed-down Hollywood, but hardly the stuff of creative renewal.
60
Mr. Showbiz
This is, recognizably, an indie film, in the best sense of the term.
60
Solid, old-fashioned narrative moviemaking with just enough no-budget cachet to disguise its essential blandness.

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