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Brooklyn, the new film based on the Colm Tóibín novel of the same name, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday, with the reviews adding more fuel to the fire of Irish star Saoirse Ronan’s Oscar buzz.

The film, which tells the story of a young Irishwoman’s emigration to New York in the 1950s, also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters, working off a script by English writer Nick Hornby and directed by Intermission helmer John Crowley.

Today’s reviews of the film have been overwhelmingly positive, with many critics singling out Ronan as a frontrunner for a ‘Best Actress’nod, to add to her 2007 nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress’for Atonement, as we head into Oscar season.

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In The Telegraph, critic Tim Robey writes that in taking on the role of Eilis, Ronan produces “easily her most mature performance, and she steps up to the occasion with captivating sensitivity. The whole shape of Eilis’s life feels somehow up to the young actress playing her, which is exactly as it should be.

The The New York Post review describes Ronan’s work as “an awards-calibre performance,” while Eye for Film applauded the Irish actress for giving her role the “space to breathe and transform from someone smart but timid into a more worldly decision-maker.”

On RogerEbert.com, critic Susan Wloszczyna enjoyed the film, though warned that its romantic plot means it “could easily become your grandmother’s favourite movie of the year.” But Ronan was singled out for lifting the movie up with her “ability to deploy her expressive features with aplomb while relaying her character’s inner journey.”

But The Mary Sue, a feminist pop culture blog, was glowing in its praise of the entire film, saying: “Along with Ronan’s lovely, contained performance (saying it is one of her best so far is saying a lot of an actress who has already been so good), and excellent support from the cast, the script is really remarkable and stands out as one of the very best of year.

Brooklyn will be released in cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic on November 6th, and you can watch the trailer below:


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