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Based on 30 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Dull but sweet. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A simple, sentimental family drama for the holidays, Evelyn, alas, is also predictable and schematic. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A surprising, entirely beguiling little film. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Doesn't overdo it on the 1950s period charm -- lots of tweed, old cars and bikes, great woolly sweaters and painted rowhouses -- and the performances never get out of hand, even when the plot does. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The story is predictable, even bland, but the stellar cast, detailed set design and abundance of good humor elevate it from the typical feel-good movie. It makes for intelligent counterprogramming against some of the season's harder-edged fare. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Told with the frank simplicity of a classic well-made picture, it tells its story, nothing more, nothing less, with no fancy stuff. We relax as if we've found a good movie on cable. Story is everything here. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    If the real-life story is genuinely inspirational, the movie stirs us as well. show more

  • 75
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    Isn't just a feel-good movie; it's a feel-good-and-righteous movie. And audiences will forgive its flaws. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A shamelessly uplifting motion picture that attains its feel-good status by forging a deep emotional connection between the undertrodden protagonist and the audience. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Despite its treacly sentimentality, predictability and gutless evasiveness about the power of the church in 1950s Ireland, Evelyn manages to be an enjoyable piece of family entertainment. show more

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