Red Roses and Petrol (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Red Roses and Petrol (2008)



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Their father having recently died, three estranged Irish siblings come together under the same roof for the first time in years in director Tamar Simon Hoffs' feature adaptation of an original stage by Joseph O'Connor. As the wake ends and day fades to night, old tensions begin to emerge as revelations about child abuse, sibling rivalries, and suspected infidelities gradually come to light. Malcolm McDowell, Olivia Tracey, and Max Beesley star.

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Greg Ellis
as Tom Ivers
Malcolm McDowell
as Enda Doyle
Heather Jurgenson
as Medbh Doyle
Max Beesley
as Johnny Doyle
Olivia Tracey
as Moya Doyle
Susan Lynch
as Catherine Doyle
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Critic Reviews for Red Roses and Petrol

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (10)

Little about the Doyles makes you want to partake of their sour hospitality, even if it's only for an hour and a half.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Because Petrol is so grim, its few moments of repentance and reconciliation don't feel as contrived as they might otherwise; if any film has earned the right to be sentimental, it's this one.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As even a novice moviegoer would expect, they argue and drink, then argue and drink some more.

June 27, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Solid performances and a literary feel help turn a standard family-rift drama into a dry but saucy narrative.

June 27, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If, as Tolstoy observed, happy families are alike, and each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, the Dublin-set film Red Roses and Petrol didn't get the message, being a dysfunctional clan movie that feels dispiritingly like all the others.

June 27, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

In Red Roses and Petrol, a soused, post-funeral postmortem on a dysfunctional Dublin family, the misery seeps from the screen in cold, damp waves; by the end you'll be grabbing for the bottle yourself.

June 27, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Red Roses and Petrol


An Irish family gather for the death of the father and some drinks. No one is happy or quiet about it. Fingers of blame are frequent in this static production that looks very much like the static stage production that spawned it, and by the end I felt as if I'd endured a soap opera marathon. Two minor characters eyeball the proceedings early on and beat a hasty retreat ... I was wishing to've left with them.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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