Only the Lonely (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

Only the Lonely1991

Only the Lonely (1991)




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Writer-director Chris Columbus mines Paddy Chaveysky's Marty for this bittersweet comedy about a lonely 38-year old Chicago cop dominated by his harridan mother. Danny Muldoon (John Candy), in spite of being well known and well liked in his neighborhood, still lives at home with his mother Rose (Maureen O'Hara, returning to the screen after a twenty year absence) and spends most of his time worrying about her. One night at the local Irish bar, he meets the shy Theresa Luna (Ally Sheedy), whose father is the local funeral director, and both Danny and Theresa immediately fall in love. The only obstacle to their happiness is the jaded opinions of Danny's friends. Rose, in particular, launches into a bigoted Italian salvo that intimidates Danny, making it difficult for him to continue the relationship.


Maureen O'Hara
as Rose Muldoon
Ally Sheedy
as Theresa
Kevin Dunn
as Patrick
Bert Remsen
as Spats Shannon
Joe V. Greco
as Johnny Luna
Marvin J. McIntyre
as Father Strapovic
Clarke P.Devereux
as News Vendor
Kieran Culkin
as Patrick Jr
Clarke Devereux
as News Vendor
Martin Fisher
as Chess Player
Dick Sollenberger
as Suit Salesman
Doyle Devereux
as Tuxedo Salesman
Ed Meekin
as Carriage Driver
Michael W. Nash
as Crazed Prisoner
Marlon A. Morris
as Cop Friend
Sandra Macat
as Stewardess
Mahlon Sharp
as Tommy Bones
Michael Nash
as Crazed Prisoner
Jim Belushi
as Sal Buonarte
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Critic Reviews for Only the Lonely

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

Columbus... enhances the comedic bits with commentary on the human condition: the emergence of male-female love; the silver cord between mother and son; the plight of aging single men whose only ties are their pub companions.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

A pretty easy ride, almost entirely because of John Candy and the miraculous casting of Maureen O'Hara.

November 14, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Orchestrates a peaceful stream of gags and one-liners while piecing together a puzzle of broken of Columbus's best films, and easily ranks as Candy's most dimensional performance. He's a joy to watch here.

May 24, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

As a romance, Only the Lonely undoubtedly succeeds.

June 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Surprisingly pleasant, moving comedy from Chris Columbus.

November 24, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Odd but hilarious Columbus comedy.

February 7, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Only the Lonely


One of John Candy's best characters.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

It's a cute movie, with cute actors and a cute plot. The wife, Ally Sheedy was annoying as hell and had more mom-issues than I've ever seen. How anyone couldn't love Maureen O'Hara is beyond me.

Alexis Nomm
Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

Funny movie. Bout a guy who finds love and learns to let his mother take a backseat to his life.


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