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The Van has a criminally low score on Rotten Tomatoes and it’s not OK

They just don’t get it.

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It’s a mark that would fail you in a Leaving Cert subject and a score that, no matter the context, would be considered a seriously poor showing.

And it’s what the movie adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s classic The Van has on Rotten Tomatoes

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For shame.

Out of 21 reviews counted on the site, 13 were deemed to be rotten and only eight were fresh. The critics aren’t fans of Bimbo and Larry – but they just don’t get it.

Because The Van perfectly summed up the atmosphere of Ireland in a World Cup

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“Blow the f**king whistle, ref!”

And there’s not that many films where spice burgers are discussed at length

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Colm Meaney as Larry is up there with the best Dub characters ever committed to screen ffs.

The Van sums up the grim awkwardness of an Irish Christmas

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And the wonderful hysteria of Italia ’90

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There’s Dublin landmarks dotted throughout

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Which is the kind of scenery that might be lost on some international critics

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It might not pack the same punch as The Commitments and The Snapper, but 38%? Please

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The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is at least a respectable 71% – but a casual Google will bring you to this

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First impressions count, and somebody Googling The Van might get the instant impression that “ah, that’s a bit shite – will give it a miss.”

Which is not the appropriate reaction.

The Van is a nostalgic Irish classic, and doesn’t deserve to be sullied with such a low score



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