I could have hung out with everyone in Brooklyn for hours: It's a world you won't want to leave.
With compassion, a touch of melancholy and a sense of wonder, Brooklyn reveals the profound truths in a simple, familiar story, ending on a note that's achingly bittersweet, no matter where you're from.
It's a witty, dreamy love letter to independence and self-discovery - no matter where you call home.
Although not without moments of sadness and tragedy, Brooklyn is sublimely uplifting and life affirming.
Fans of the novel, of which I'm one, may find the film sweeter and more romantic than Toibin's original conception.
Ronan, in every scene of the film, creates a reserved young woman who seems to mature before our eyes, quietly revealing Eilis' open, yearning heart.
Brooklyn is a simple story affectingly told, bridging the emotional gulf one feels when ambition and home are an ocean apart and love is uncertain in either place.
Brooklyn is that rare period drama that doesn't lose itself in its dogged re-creation of another time.
"Brooklyn" builds a touching, moving, crowd-pleasing delight from quiet, unassuming material.