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Based on 19 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    The pitch of the script, written by director Mark Herman, isn't perfect. But these earthy blokes are an engaging lot, the soot of the earth, with an admirably wry view of their bleak situations. [23May1997 Pg 03.D] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Brassed Off is a sweet film with a lot of anger at its core. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Brassed Off! is a traditional feel-good motion picture with an element of social commentary thrown in for good measure. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Writer-director Mark Herman seems genuinely moved by the plight of the mining communities, but his attempt to translate those feelings into a story shows the effects of hard labor. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    As well-meaning elegies go, especially ones to working stiffs prematurely ripped from their subterranean roots, Brassed Off is the pits: It's a miner opus in a minor key. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    If you're in a triumph of the human spirit frame of mind, this is your cup of dark, sweet tea. show more

  • 60

    However, writer-director Mark Herman never really achieves the correct balance between the serious and the feelgood, allowing an uneasy tone to prevail, while the small screen style and supporting cast of familiar TV faces suggests this would play more comfortably on the box. show more

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    In the end, though, the undeniable power and emotional richness of this film swing the balance toward the good. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    There's a double meaning in the title of this folksy, relentlessly political, heavy-handed story, written and directed by Mark Herman and set among the coal mines of Yorkshire, England, in 1992. show more

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