The Brothers McMullen writer-director-star Edward Burns returns to the family well once again with this warm, acutely observed story about an expansive Irish clan’s fraught yuletide when the long-absent patriarch declares his intention to come home for the holidays.
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73 out of 87 participating members called it excellent or good 89% would recommend it • most praised for its Acting
My favorite genre -- the dysfunctional family Christmas movie! There was an amazing wealth of tacky decorations - great sets! The best of this type of movie I've seen.
I quite liked this and was moved by it. I appreciate the balancing of all the stories and character development without being confusing. The homes and neighborhood felt very authentic. The shorthand of explaining family history worked well.
Presented real circumstances of family life - revisiting issues, seemingly unsolvable, as solvable with love.
70 out of 77 participating members called it excellent or good 90% would recommend it • most praised for its Acting
I love the realism of this story and how it depicted how each character was affected by the father’s leaving and absence. It was a different experience for each as it often is in “real life,” and I find that fascinating and worth exploring. I love the family loyalty!
This captures a wonderful message: forgive when at all possible and love everyone as much as possible.
Overall excellent—longish, complicated, but ultimately very satisfying. Family clan dynamics generally ring true. Large ensemble cast carries off story with great skill, direction. Connie Britton as Nora is a welcome and crucial character.
92 out of 123 participating members called it excellent or good 91.7% would recommend it • most praised for its Acting