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  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A breed apart from anything coming off the Hollywood assembly line or, for that matter, from the saccharine romances Britain has lately produced. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Here, love and violence are random, everyone's a fool for love, and tomfoolery often has a shocking twist. And every action has an equal and opposite reaction. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A black comedy that some viewers may take as an assault. The disconnect between the realism of its violence and the near-slapstick tone of some of its comedy is too much to be framed within one movie. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    That it succeeds is some kind of miracle; there's enough material here for three bad films, and somehow it becomes one good one. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    If Intermission isn't profound, it's got boisterous humor and energy, with U2's rollicking "Out of Control" leading the charge. Given the grimness of many Irish tales, Intermission represents less of a pause than a burst into a fresh direction. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Could fairly be described as a Robert Altman ensemble movie without the flab, or "Magnolia" with a mean streak and bigger laughs. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    It’s tempting to summarize this Irish picture as a working-class version of "Love Actually," and indeed, the hardscrabble lives of most of its amorously unfulfilled characters go a long way in making it a whole lot less emetic than Richard Curtis’s hugfest. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Intermission is like a creme brulee, invigoratingly grainy when you bite into it but sweet and soft underneath. Director John Crowley and writer Mark O'Rowe infuse this Irish crime drama with such adrenaline that you don't realize how lightweight it is until after it's over. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    "Love, Actually" meets "Trainspotting" in Intermission, an edgy Irish romantic comedy that deftly juggles a dozen interconnected story lines. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It's surprising that so much material, so many moods, and such an interesting cast end up making such a small, unmemorable splash. show more

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