Bilge Ebiri
June 18, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dancing at Lughnasa

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/13/98
performer
Kathy Burke, Michael Gambon, Meryl Streep, Catherine McCormack, Gerard McSorley
director
Pat O'Connor
distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B-

Shortchanging characters for lovely vistas of the Irish countryside and evocative music, Brian Friel’s play, Dancing at Lughnasa, about five unmarried sisters coping with change in 1930s Ireland gets a condensed, unfocused adaptation. Streep is in gear as the domineering one, and Gambon is heartbreaking as their unstable missionary brother back from Africa, but it’s all too rushed to do justice to the emotional impact of the original stage work. B-

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