In the opening moments of Brooklyn, I was thinking this is a real sleeper. Not in the sense of a sleeper hit, but in the sense of YAWN. After a bit, though, the movie falls into something of a groove, if a rather sappy one. But it slips out of this higher gear soon enough.
Put another way, Brooklyn is a great movie for people who don’t like much to happen in a movie. And as snide as that may sound, I am quite serious. It’s received universal praise, so obviously a lot of people have been struck by it. Me, not so much. There is a certain rather slight charm, and a little growing tension toward the end, so I didn’t hate it or anything. But if you’re looking for power or eloquence, look elsewhere. 4/10
Comparison Notes (both much better choices): Ever After, Local Hero