What the Critics Are Saying About I Used To Live Here

Posted April 2, 2015 by Conor McDevitt in News

I Used To Live Here goes on release in six Dublin cinemas this Friday but there’s a special preview and Q&A tonight at 6:30pm in the Irish Film Institute for which limited tickets are still available. The critics have been unanimous in their praise of Frank Berry’s film, here’s a selection of the reviews so far:


“…a magnificent debut…Jordanne Jones is phenomenal in the lead role”

Entertainment.ie ★★★★★


“In terms of cinematic achievements this year, Berry’s transformation of an untrained cast, largely drawn from Killinarden, into actors that can handle the complex and heart-rending drama of his story ranks among the greatest.”

RTE TEN ★★★★★


“The weight of the film lies particularly heavily on Jones’s narrow shoulders and she emerges as a pocket marvel”

Donald Clarke, The Irish Times ★★★★


“…a poignant drama that owes much to the Andrea Arnold school of poetic realism…”

The Guardian


“a kind of cinema verite that recalls classics like Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home (1966) or Kes (1971). Berry’s movie has no easy answers to the problems it exposes. What it gives is a sharp illustration of the everyday troubles of urban teenagers, with some spellbinding acting performances.”

The Irish Post


“…a cast who ring true, and a script that is far more Dardenne brothers than a Prime Time special. What’s most admirable about I USED TO LIVE HERE is that it takes its time, and it never tries to hard. Which is probably why it plays so beautifully.”

Paul Byrne, Movies.ie


“…a truly heartfelt film, addressing an important issue with great intelligence and understanding”



“Honest and realistic, I Used To Live Here explores and invites discussion of a subject that is too often swept under the table, without pretending to have all the answers.”

Le Cool Dublin


“Frank Berry is to be congratulated in finding Jordanne Jones to play Amy. At all times she is convincing especially when she is alone. It is a serious performance. All the supporting cast who are mostly non-actors who participated in the making of this film are to be applauded. It is not an easy film but the life it portrays is not easy either. Social realism is at work.”

No More Workhorse


“I can’t urge you strongly enough to go see this…This amazing film also gives us a performance level that Hollywood should take note of, in particular Jordanne Jones, who stars as Amy. This young girl gives the performance that a more seasoned actress would be proud of, natural and yet professional at the same time, she lights the screen up.”