“ What sets it a tad above films of the same ilk is very commendable performances by Micheal Angarano as Cole and especially Brendan Gleeson as his father, Desmond (the latter is simply riveting) Will this film revolutionize coming of age flicks in any way?
“ Great sets, a solid and occasionally edgy soundtrack, but what's most impressive is the strong story, which rescues you from the brink of a cliché' time and again.
“ Predictable at best.
“ It is well written, well acted, with several unexpected turns toward the Light - by multiple characters facing their own dilemma.
“ A young man struggles to grow up with principles as his family begins to self-destruct around him in this coming of age drama.
“ Some interesting cinematic techniques from time to time enhance the remarkable story-telling in this dark coming of age story.
“ Baseball quietly emerges as a rallying dynamic for the seemingly-defeated male McKays in this coming of age story.
“ Day by day we go to theaters to watch another multi-million dollar Hollywood production staring big shot names, breath-taking stunts, cutting-edge CGI and all that entertaining stuff.
“ Overall, Black Irish isn't a bad film, it's entertaining and it's unpredictable.