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White Irish Drinkers

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John Gray

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About the Movie

A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring scheme to steal enough money for the two to escape, timed around the chaos of an upcoming Rolling Stones concert. The sensitive younger brother, Brian, ultimately has a choice: remain loyal to the brother with whom he shares a powerful love-hate bond, or use his hidden talent as an artist as his own ticket out of their dead-end existence.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Putting profane adjectives in front of every other noun in dialogue that wants desperately to sound streetwise doesn't make it feel authentic if the other words spoken by the characters are arranged into orderly little blocks of exposition. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Mar 24, 2011

Fresh: Writer-director John Gray digs into his own background to create the ardent and atmospheric White Irish Drinkers. The close, cramped intimacy of this film is so real it stings. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Mar 25, 2011

Fresh: A modestly engaging domestic drama that earns few points for originality but rewards aud attention with persuasive performances, outbursts of robust humor and a vivid yet understated evocation of time and place. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Mar 14, 2011

Rotten: The cliches are what make "White Irish Drinkers" a drearily predictable bout... – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Mar 24, 2011

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White Irish Drinkers
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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