“ Yet, the film has some engaging fun - if one can catch the abundance of great Irish cultural humor and pub jokes.
“ After a disjointed and confusing exposition the movie really takes off as Desmond Doyle begins his quest to reunite with his children.
“ All this with stunning Irish locations and a natural light that will take your breath away.
“First of all the father in the book is only 31 years old and Pierce is too long in the tooth for that by about 20 years.
“ Wonderful and entertaining.
“ Those who require explosions and car chases need not bother with this one, but if you enjoy an intelligent, touching human drama, you will be in for an unexpected treat.
“ Only the beginning of the movie suffers because far too much exposition is squeezed into short and confusing scenes.
“ It's "based on true events"--which is as good as saying the Titanic sunk, but we've added a bunch of BS (hey, didn't that happen in a movie once...?).The clichés are all in place: The abandoning wife who leaves for another man (true but done in typical fashion), the lowly father who can't afford his children and loses custody, the new love interest, the nice lawyer, the boring courtroom scenes.
“ Fortunately the strength of the story (the story, not the script), the acting and the directing make the movie enjoyable enough.
“ Brosnan came alive in this film, I for one found his potrayal of a loving father who more than anything in the world wants to be with his kids, both believable and compelling.
“ Worth watching!
“ A fine and enjoyable film.
“This is a very atypical movie, not really fitting into any of the usual, predictable genres.
“ The film fills the screen with good imagery, presence, and performances but fails with a transparent, predictable, hokey, and saccharine screenplay.
“ Gratifying to see that Pierce Brosnan is capable of MUCH more than playing 007, as enjoyable as that is.
“ I found the script was extremely blatant and was very cliché.
“ The Plot: From the director of Driving Miss daisy comes this compelling, heartwarming and inspiring true story of a father (Pierce Brosnan) who faces impossible odds to keep his family together.
“ The director makes "Evelyn" an unmoving film that goes through all the routine motions and comes across as just very dull, sappy, and thickly shallow--if that makes any sense.
“ At times a little overblown but otherwise well worth watching .
“It's just tired, recycled, boring, and unsatisfying.
“ bland .
“) and Pierce really put in the effort to make this movie worth watching.