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Rory O'Shea Was Here

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Damien O'Donnell

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About the Movie

From the producers of Bridget Jones's Diary and Billy Elliot comes Rory O'Shea Was Here - an inspiring story of independence that follows two unlikely friends determined to face the world on their own terms. Young Michael (Steven Robertson) is a patient resigned to his quiet life within an institution's safe, predictable boundaries. Then, the rebellious Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy) bursts onto the scene. Now, with the help of the beautiful young Siobhan (Romola Garai), who signs on as the boys' live-in aide, Rory will show Michael what it takes to truly be free.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 69
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 35
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Despite the periodic twinkling, the occasional detours into sentimentality and, most egregiously, the syrupy soundtrack that threatens to engulf the story at every turn, Rory O'Shea Was Here is better than the usual three-stage journey of courage. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: This is a lovely, moving tale of a powerful friendship. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Director Damien O'Donnell and screenwriter Jeffrey Caine faithfully adhere to the bylaws of melodrama and quickly plunge us from triumph to tragedy. – Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Writer Jeffrey Caine and director Damien O'Donnell all but cut out our vital organ with moments of hard-sell poignancy. – Jan Stuart, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One you don't want to miss

A wonderfully touching story of friendship and courage....I never tire of watching this one. Thrilled they've finally offered it on iTunes!!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2005

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