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Brooklyn

2015
Romance
Drama
1h 57m
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Avg Percentile 55.76% from 1653 total ratings

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Rated 28 Jan 2016
87
80th
Maybe this film affected me so much because my life is creepily paralleling Ellis'. While I've lived in NYC before, moving here for good has been a whirlwind, and it's difficult to stake one's identity and home within a city that's so fluid and ephemeral. Defining 'home' is really what Brooklyn is about, and I was captivated by Ellis' journey to find that home isn't a binary of place or family, but something each of us finds in between. The stellar performances really elevate this touching film.
Rated 25 Feb 2016
80
86th
Simple, but really good. Ronan deserves the attention for her performance.
Rated 04 Jan 2016
3
36th
2nd half seemed contrived and very rushed to me after the perfect first, and the whole thing is limited somewhat by its lack of ambition (although it sounds like the book was very clumsy in its attempts to aim higher, so maybe that's a smart move). otherwise, there's a reason why every second review of this thing includes words like 'lovely' and 'heartfelt'. maybe it's a james gray knock-off, but the performances are remarkable and unlike gray you could never accuse it of stuffy overcalculation.
Rated 13 Apr 2016
80
83rd
Saoirse Ronan was marvelous & adorable in the lead as the Irish immigrant torn between her new life in Brooklyn & returning to Ireland with much improved circumstances. It was easy to be engaged and care about her. We were left guessing to the end what her fate would be. I quite enjoyed the performances throughout. Interesting story, but I wanted to know more about how things turned out for her. Good dialog. Great scenes. Good production quality.
Rated 27 Feb 2016
74
68th
The film is basically Saorsie Ronan very gradually and subtly rewriting and rewiring herself; an inner revolution almost never spoken out loud, just shown in tiny gestures and facial expressions. It's a brilliant performance, captured in exquisite detail, that might have deserved a better story.
Rated 18 Feb 2016
70
41st
A pretty and quite bittersweet film. Ronan gives an understated but powerful performance as Eilis, and carries the weight of the entire film on her shoulders. (I like Gleeson but he shouldn't have gotten second billing for the tiny part he actually has) The score is incredibly beautiful, and should have been nominated for the Best Original Score Oscar. However, the third act really ruined the rest of the movie for me.
Rated 27 Feb 2016
71
27th
Other than its portrait of an immigrant's loneliness, this tale offers nothing to justify all the praise heaped on it. Once the protagonist's gotten over her homesickness, her choice - stay or go - is never particularly compelling: either way she's going to wind up a 1950's married bookkeeper with kids. Worse, the moment that makes her decide which to choose is inexplicably predicated on her painting the entirety of her hometown with the same brush used to paint 1 if its nastiest residents
Rated 05 Feb 2016
3
38th
I'm a sucker for anything set in mid-century New York, and Brooklyn delivers in spades on that front. It does, admittedly, feel a bit thin, but the actors bring much needed heft to the material. If it's a familiar story, it's a very well-told version.
Rated 01 Mar 2016
70
37th
A wonderful period piece. Well acted and the set design is fantastic - it really felt like it was that era.
Rated 10 Dec 2015
54
11th
The emperor's got no clothes. Lifeless slog of a film with no sense of drama or weight. Thin characterization without all that much to say about immigration or America. I have no idea how so many critics are gushing over this. Ronan's good, sure, but there's so many audacious, daring female performances this year in films like Heaven Knows What and It Follows. What's this got? Saoirse Ronan shitting in a bucket.
Rated 26 Feb 2016
73
64th
Her accent will gotcha.
Rated 19 May 2016
93
74th
I love Brooklyn. Saoirse Ronan is freakin' gorgeous and she leads the film with an amazing performance and a story that allows her and the well-rounded supporting cast to act their butts off when they get the opportunity. The chemistry between her and Emory Cohen seemed pretty convincing. It strums at the heart strings and it can and I think that's part of what makes it really good and something to relate to. Crowley's directing is really beautiful and the score is also really beautiful.
Rated 29 Feb 2016
77
74th
Expertly made, well-acted, wholly good.
Rated 04 Feb 2016
80
77th
My cheeks hurt from all the smiling at this charming, beautiful film. Intimate in focus, universal in scope
Rated 03 Feb 2016
64
56th
The last Irish section is really a bummer, but the entire film plays like a lighter The Immigrant, with vivid colors invading the screen and a strong, subtle performance by Saoirse Ronan. It's really about missing home and trying to build something significant and heart-warming in a strange place -- and how that can be pretty painful and sunny at the same time.
Rated 27 Mar 2016
79
73rd
It is a charming movie.
Rated 14 Dec 2015
70
86th
A lovely flick, with two believable romantic options that stand in for the two countries in question. The song at the Irish-American Christmas dinner is a transcendent highlight.
Rated 12 Nov 2015
73
53rd
Well-made & warm-hearted film about a young Irish immigrant torn between America and home. Very good performance by the lead actress.
Rated 26 Feb 2016
75
79th
Possibly the best melodrama in the past 5-10 years.
Rated 07 Nov 2015
30
22nd
The next day you wake up, you will not remember having seen this movie.
Rated 20 Mar 2016
90
89th
Powerhouse performance by Ronan. Felt like the love story was a bit rushed, but otherwise an outstanding film.
Rated 04 Jan 2016
85
59th
A very easy movie to like. Its portrayal of a woman's journey in the early 50s is warm, refreshing and really quite moving. It's possible that none of it would have worked without Saoirse Ronan's magnetic, endlessly compelling screen presence, but there are shades of Brando in the way Emory Cohen portrays her Italian boyfriend. Brooklyn brawn giving way to quiet insecurity. He's the film's secret weapon, I think.
Rated 17 Feb 2016
50
42nd
I'm not sure about my rating of 50, just as I'm not sure of how to review a movie this... uhm... (-What's the adjective I'm looking for here? Blank? Slight? Vanilla? Something like that-). I can say with some certainty that this movie exists. So I guess it has that going for it.
Rated 28 Feb 2016
65
54th
I'd suggest not watching any trailers for it - the film itself is much better than they make it seem. It's a nice story, with real emotion and heart to it, and a very good screenplay in general. Saoirse Ronan gives the best performance of her career yet, really breathing life into her character. It's nothing groundbreaking, but I thought it was a simple, charming tale, and I quite liked it.
Rated 27 Feb 2016
100
90th
A standout romantic drama in my book. Good performances, believable characters and relationships. Nothing feels forced. Saoirse Ronan is wonderful.
Rated 22 Feb 2016
65
61st
The beautiful set pieces and a lovely Saoirse Ronan become the stars here, leaving the story a bit secondary. Which wouldn't be a problem if there was more tension going on besides the classic love triangle. It's nice to watch, but it didn't grip me.
Rated 20 Nov 2015
85
89th
A big-hearted and emotionally resonant tale of romance and the immigrant experience with terrific performances from both Ronan and Cohen.
Rated 18 Dec 2015
40
19th
Didnt care for the character nor the conflict.
Rated 19 Jan 2016
83
72nd
Despite a sappy tone throughout that feels like it glosses over a lot of the complexity of the situation, it delivers all the little moments incredibly well, which counteracts some of that glossiness with a tinge of darkness. It's a weird mix that doesn't always work, but on the whole makes for an enjoyable film.
Rated 07 Feb 2016
80
96th
In short ... give that girl an Oscar ! My opinion here : http://opinion-as-a-moviefreak.blogspot.be/2016/02/brooklyn-2015.html
Rated 23 Feb 2016
55
58th
How is this one of the best films of 2015? Who the hell is in charge of nominating films? Nothing says Oscar material like ending on a cheesy freeze frame. Throw some werewolves and vampires in here and you have Twilight.
Rated 11 Feb 2016
65
45th
Two years in a row a close-up of Saoirse Ronan is on my shortlist for shot of the year. Not that that ever advances beyond thirty or so silent iterations of "shit, that might be the shot of the year." And now she's doing Nina in THE SEAGULL, which means if 2016 isn't the third, then someone really, really fucked up. But yeah the second half of this is some wretched schematic bullshit
Rated 02 Mar 2016
70
52nd
A cutesy film steeped in nostalgia (each frame is dripping with nostalgic longing), and blah blah blah, it's an inoffensive ride that features likeable characters doing likeable things. Ronan is fantastic to watch and has great chemistry with Cohen.
Rated 05 Jan 2016
60
62nd
We encounter some of those foul words, of course. And a short but sensual just-before-the-wedding coupling scene, too. It's sad that I have to say that. Because otherwise, this is a rewarding coming of age tale about a young woman who's shaped by the cause and effects of her own heartfelt struggles and choices. And it feels far more familiar and touches something far deeper inside than a raucous car chase ever could. (pluggedin.com)
Rated 22 Dec 2015
63
38th
Well made but not particularly interesting.
Rated 03 Dec 2015
80
80th
Superb production but the story is somewhat typical.
Rated 19 Dec 2015
6
32nd
Ronan and the rest of the cast carry 'Brooklyn', a competently written and sufficiently emotional and likable picture that captures the spirit of the time with a nostalgic fashion. However, as good of a job as the cast does at breathing life and charm into the movie's characters, there is nonetheless not much to laud in this all too familiar drama with its all too uninspired roster.
Rated 04 Jan 2016
89
86th
A very sweet movie. It's hard to rate because it is a bit lacking in... seriousness... in content... in meaningfulness. It was very nice, but a bit slight.
Rated 23 Feb 2016
75
78th
"I see now that giddiness is the eighth deadly sin. A giddy girl is every bit as evil as a slothful man, and the noise she makes is a lot worse." That's not the most representative quote from the film, but the funniest.
Rated 26 Feb 2016
83
76th
Saoirse (Seer-sha) Ronan FTW! Great performance by Ronan, again. The story arc overall might not be that great, but it really had a grip on me while I was watching. I agree with the comments that we won't remember it as a groundbreaking movie ten years later though. But still, now matters!
Rated 07 Mar 2016
89
46th
1400: not bad! it was good as socio-historical picture from that age!
Rated 15 Jan 2016
85
87th
A deep movie with a light script that makes it a pure pleasure to watch (I would expect nothing less from Nick Hornby). The acting is wonderful with Ronan, Gleeson, and Cohen having a compelling love triangle. Julie Walters is an absolute delight in her humorous role. This might actually be the most I've enjoyed the humor of a movie set in the 50s.
Rated 21 Jan 2016
70
96th
There is a timeless innocence about Brooklyn (2015). On the surface the characters feel a little one-dimensional with their particular type of shyness, but there is a deeper character study boiling underneath which makes this Oscar nominated picture a beautiful one. On top of that, Saoirse Ronan as the Irish lass becomes the perfect gloss image of the ideal immigrant.
Rated 19 Jan 2016
75
64th
Competently made and I really can't think of any parts of the movie that were exceptional highlights, but the whole is greater.
Rated 14 Feb 2016
4
88th
Easy watching drama with S.Ronan doing great job. It could do with some more 'tragic' elements yet it is still good as it is.
Rated 26 Jan 2016
76
65th
Simple and old-fashioned almost to the point of cliche, BROOKLYN is so sweet and clear-eyed that it manages to find freshness in a familiar story.
Rated 09 Mar 2016
60
64th
Brazen hussy strings along two nice guys on either side of the Atlantic
Rated 29 Dec 2015
75
73rd
A very pretty film. Shot in a way that made it look like it had been shot in B&W and colourized afterwards. Well acted by all parties. It did not end the way I would have expected had it been the typical Hollywood love story which made it more appealing to me. Worth a look.
Rated 22 Feb 2016
85
93rd
Brooklyn is very enjoyable and I admit, I couldn't hold back one or two tears. The story's simple but it still manages to tackle some issues that are still well-known today, 60 years later. The search for your own home. Being torn between family matters and your own dream. And of course, love and the power of it. I could really identify with Eilis in some ways. Also, it seems that Saoirse Ronan was born for this role. And I could listen to her beautiful Irish accent all day long.
Rated 01 May 2016
70
41st
Struck me as a nostalgic retelling of an "Immigrant Story" that has, from the beginning, populated the USA. It elides most of the difficult details of 1950s Brooklyn in favor of a hopeful and innocent vision of what America can provide (once the homesickness wears off). And though I appreciate the good-heartedness of this film, I'll take Gray's The Immigrant every time in favor of this, which looks a trifle in comparison, one that feels more calculated and plotted than it should.
Rated 25 Feb 2016
75
56th
Simple but charming growing up story with a superb lead performance by Ronan.
Rated 14 Mar 2016
65
73rd
Ronan does a great job in this good film.
Rated 10 Nov 2015
6
43rd
Gentle, old-fashioned story telling told with warmth and humour; underscored with fine, understated but empathetic performances.
Rated 27 Mar 2016
3
65th
I really enjoyed this. I actually never had high thoughts of Ronan, but she did very well in this and her chemistry with Cohen was excellent. The story is simple, but very enjoyable. *Good
Rated 03 Jan 2016
60
68th
Pretty good flick that the critics went absolutely wild for. Well acted and enjoyable if you're in the mood for a light romantic drama.
Rated 01 Mar 2016
70
48th
A very standard and by the book tale partially elevated by a great performance from Saoirse Ronan. The first half is much more interesting as it's dealing with the inner crisis of an immigrant and there's some funny and powerful moments. The love story and resolution are just way too predictable and there's no real tension to the narrative. It's still kinda pleasant to watch in a classical movie sort of way.
Rated 22 Nov 2015
90
86th
Great acting with a wonderful script. It was awesome that they didn't use the cliche of a pregnancy as the driver for Ailish's decision.
Rated 01 Dec 2015
85
72nd
In 1952, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) emigrates from Ireland to America, and after initial homesickness finds love with Tony (Emory Cohen). But when tragedy calls her back, she finds herself caught between two lives and two worlds. Winning little romance, marked by fine work from Ronan and Cohen, solid support, and subtly effective period detail. A few mild contrivances in the script, particularly in the second half, bring it down just a little, but a film with genuine heart cannot be brought very low.
Rated 27 Feb 2016
64
56th
A nice romantic drama, modest and subtle. Ronan and Cohen's charming chemistry probably the strongest point of this movie while it explores the pain of homesickness and understanding where home truly is. Unfortunately it doesn't engage enough and it's difficult to pinpoint exactly why.
Rated 05 Mar 2016
60
35th
Superficial but pleasant story about emigration.
Rated 09 Mar 2016
83
18th
Ronan's performance is quietly excellent. The production design, particularly the muted palette, echoes the structure of the story. Emory Cohen's performance is exuberant, authentic, and entirely underrated--it's as good as Ronan's. It's a very safe, gentle, contained film, and I didn't mind.
Rated 17 Dec 2015
75
85th
A pleasant movie that feels true to life due to a certain lack of plot-based cliches. It may be a melodrama, but it doesn't go out of its way to squeeze every last dramatic drop out of each potentially miserable situation that presents itself, which allows its simple truths about life to shine through with the gracefulness that I'm sure it was aiming for.
Rated 26 Feb 2018
90
74th
Its brief third act aside, "Brooklyn" is an entirely wonderful film, a romantic, charming, sweet little affair that features an absolutely stunning performance from Saoirse Ronan (who after blowing me away in last year's "Lady Bird" only solidifies herself as an incomparable new talent), and a love story that feels truly convincing.
Rated 13 Feb 2017
75
75th
A sweet an inoffensive tale of a young Irish immigrant struggling to find her way in America, when family tragedy leaves her torn between two worlds. Something safe for your grandmother to watch between Sunday Mass and dinner.
Rated 07 Sep 2016
30
22nd
A paean to rootless globalisation disguised as a romantic tragedy..
Rated 07 Feb 2016
68
45th
They mention Gary Cooper, John Ford and go see Singin' in the rain so I got to think about those people/movies for a bit and I enjoyed that. First half is surprisingly great but the second half is basically unwatchable. At least she picked the cuter fella.
Rated 19 Dec 2016
90
94th
Right in the feels
Rated 29 Feb 2016
80
77th
really surprised this had nominations. i've seen many movies similar to this and they never even got considered for a nomination
Rated 08 Jan 2017
7
81st
Can Eilis really go home again? Can any of us? That's the question that courses through this probing, passionate film. Is home where the heart is, or is it vice versa? In a grown-up world, love gets complicated with responsibility. Brooklyn is easily the year's best and most beguiling love story. The surprise is that it also goes deeper, sadder and truer.
Rated 21 May 2016
81
80th
A polished, picture-perfect storybook tale, and at its heart Saoirse Ronan is an embodiment of calm, sensitive, capable Irishness. A goddess-like role for her to get to portray. I loved the film's first half build-up, but one disappointment was where it went after that, i.e. away from Brooklyn and back to Ireland. For a long time. Ok, this is what the book was about, family and home, but I wanted to see more of Brooklyn life in the 50s. Great costumes and set design to match the acting.
Rated 22 May 2016
70
46th
A solid 1st half and a wonderful performance by the always great Ronan saves Brooklyn from being a throw-away period drama. There are enough quality moments to make up for the thrown together conflict that seems out of place in the last third.
Rated 27 Dec 2019
4
51st
A well-constructed Hallmark card, and just as thin.
Rated 21 Apr 2019
40
10th
The story of self important floozy that dupes two guys who deserve better
Rated 09 Dec 2015
76
67th
A very highly polished romance that's fun to watch, but doesn't really do anything you haven't seen before.
Rated 07 Mar 2016
80
55th
Ich habe Brooklyn von Colm Tóibín gelesen und es überwältigte mich! Fast als hätte ich vergessen, wieviel Kraft sprache haben kann, entkleidet man sie erst einmal von jedem Schmuck und jeder Zierde. Ich las, dass Nick Hornby aus dem Roman ein Drehbuch verfasst hatte und durfte sicher sein, dass es funktioniert... mehr auf cinegeek.de
Rated 09 Nov 2015
60
42nd
I'm sure Ronan will be featuring in a few awards ceremonies, but her talent could really have been put to better use.
Rated 15 May 2016
68
26th
One of the best romances of the year (as described by the movie cover) is really not that romantic at all. This is another one of those movies where a women is in a serious relationship and yet still plays the field (because women are now taking the place of philandering men). Think Twilight but with Irish accents. Don't get me wrong, I love, love, love Saoirse Ronan. She did an excellent job of acting and she is gorgeous beyond words (plus the accent makes her even prettier)...
Rated 20 Dec 2015
31
15th
All! Sleep! Through BROOKLYN!
Rated 29 Feb 2016
75
45th
It's a pleasant film with lots of beautiful moments, but the plot is predictable and the characters (aside from Ronan's) are thin. The acting does a great job of selling an otherwise uncompelling story. Logically everything makes sense but emotionally it just didn't grab me the way it's trying to.
Rated 28 Apr 2016
100
81st
The feels...
Rated 03 Oct 2017
79
53rd
A wonderful tale of love and loss, with standout performaces by Saorise Ronan, Emoery Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson.
Rated 08 May 2017
77
56th
Very nice story and one of the better "period" movies I've seen.
Rated 27 Nov 2015
74
71st
Beautifully made and acted, just a little too light and safe to be held against better films of the genre.
Rated 18 Jan 2016
5
42nd
Well acted and set in the 1950s. Apparently that's enough to get you an academy award nomination. Doesn't do anything outside the box, it's just all a bit nice..
Rated 30 Jan 2016
50
12th
The film threatens, within the first hour, to be as dull and transparently Oscar-baiting as its synopsis suggests -- complete with 'homesick girl sobs over a letter from her family,' and 'small-town girl feels intimidated by big city stuff!' However, not everything is gag inducing. There are a few secondary characters that stick (Julie Walters' Mrs. Keogh, Emory Cohen's Paul), and the lead, Saoirse Ronan, gives an admirably nuanced performance.
Rated 14 Mar 2018
80
79th
The first half of the film is a gorgeous, emotional journey painted in lovely colour. Then the film's lifeblood dilutes, the soundtrack becomes invasive, and while Domhnall Gleeson really can win over my loyalty without batting an eye the insertion of a love triangle of man as well as country seemed frustratingly unnecessary. But those first few acts . . . achingly precious, beautifully filmed, and Saoirse Ronan gives a very winning performance.
Rated 06 Feb 2017
62
75th
Solid, old fashioned film with a very good performance by Saoirse Ronan. It's occasionally showing it's budgetary limits, but not too much to ruin it for you. I'm a bit surprised by the attention it has received, but maybe that says something about the amount of quality dramas these days.
Rated 21 Mar 2018
4
72nd
It felt very honest and true to its time - I liked that. Ronan was stunning in her own unique way. *Good
Rated 19 Mar 2017
90
91st
+acting + can be seen as romantic comedy +stayed cheerful +great story
Rated 23 Jan 2016
52
16th
ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Rated 27 Jan 2020
75
53rd
Just a small town girl... livin' in an Irish world.
Rated 23 Dec 2016
9
93rd
Sensitive, warm love story about immigrant struggle; not too smart or insightful, but characters are rightly observed, production is careful and emotion earned.
Rated 12 Aug 2016
3
45th
A little weepy, perhaps resembling Davies in the look and tone of its period recreation. Its gestures are quaint, simple, and fairly standard, but it gets me. There are several beautiful moments, though it is most effective in its first-half depictions of expatriate anxiety than its later acts of romantic longing.
Rated 29 Sep 2016
92
83rd
"Brooklyn" (2015) Beautifully shot in Ireland, Canada and NYC, Brooklyn tells the tale of a quiet, young Irish woman, Ellis, who emigrates to NYC in search of a job and a new life, as sponsored by a kindly priest (Jim Broadbent). Living quarters are arranged for; an all-female boarding house, run by the motherly and helpful Mrs. Kehoe, effectively played by Julie Walters. A job is found for her as a sales clerk in an upscale department store, supervised by the stern Miss Fortini (Jessica Par
Rated 11 Jun 2019
65
45th
Strong performances by Ronan and the supporting cast around her, combined with a vividly imagined 1950's Brooklyn and likeable characters, plus a really cute romance, are the big pluses this movie has going for it. However, the third act struggles to stay interesting despite everything going on in it, and the overall slow pace can be a drag at times. Characters disappear entirely with little notice, which is also a bit annoying. It's worth a watch, but it's also nothing spectacular.
Rated 06 Aug 2017
67
61st
About as interesting as can be someone telling the story of how his grandparents met. It's still a mostly good, if boring and forgettable, period drama.
Rated 30 May 2018
88
82nd
86.00+1.50 = 87.50.
Rated 17 Sep 2017
79
87th
Poor ending and lack of focus and predictable & boring character arc. These are the negative side of the movie. But other side great sceenplay, cinematography, usage of light, usage of patterns & colors. ANd fine acting ı just love it but last 30 minutes is just kinda dissapointing.
Rated 19 Feb 2018
75
47th
Despite it's straightforwardness, it has quite a genuine feel. It's biggest merit for me was the fact that the movie turned out much better than I would expect from this kind of material.
Rated 01 Jul 2024
95
91st
God this was good

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