Film Reviews

John Maguire: The Miracle Club is predictable, but still a group worth joining

Also this week, Lies We Tell’s smart, strong heroine doesn’t need rescuing, and a Frasier reboot serves up more tossed salad and scrambled eggs

Clockwise from left, Maggie Smith, Agnes O’Casey, Kathy Bates and Eric D Smith of The Miracle Club: it’s those we accompany on their journey that make the film worth seeing

There’s something old-fashioned about Thaddeus O'Sullivan’s The Miracle Club that runs far deeper than the time and place in which it is set: a working-class Dublin community in 1967, in the bright springtime of the year of the Summer of Love.

A reworking of a screenplay by writer Jimmy Smallhorne, first announced 20 years ago under the title Pushers Needed, this gently incurious exploration of the individual motivations of a group of women going on ...