Evelyn (2002) - Drama

Hohum Score

7

Engaging

1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children... See full summary »

IMDB: 7
Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Julianna Margulies
Length: 94 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 5 out of 66 found boring (7.57%)

One-line Reviews (22)

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.

Yet, the film has some engaging fun - if one can catch the abundance of great Irish cultural humor and pub jokes.

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.

Wonderful and entertaining.

At times a little overblown but otherwise well worth watching .

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.

Only the beginning of the movie suffers because far too much exposition is squeezed into short and confusing scenes.

) and Pierce really put in the effort to make this movie worth watching.

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.

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.

A fine and enjoyable film.

This is a very atypical movie, not really fitting into any of the usual, predictable genres.

All this with stunning Irish locations and a natural light that will take your breath away.

bland .

I found the script was extremely blatant and was very cliché.

It's just tired, recycled, boring, and unsatisfying.

The film fills the screen with good imagery, presence, and performances but fails with a transparent, predictable, hokey, and saccharine screenplay.

After a disjointed and confusing exposition the movie really takes off as Desmond Doyle begins his quest to reunite with his children.

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.

Fortunately the strength of the story (the story, not the script), the acting and the directing make the movie enjoyable enough.

Gratifying to see that Pierce Brosnan is capable of MUCH more than playing 007, as enjoyable as that is.

Worth watching!