The film offers no message, no solutions, only a great time at the movies.
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, 2008-08-20
Director Alan Parker's story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul is fresh, well-executed and original.
Variety Staff, Variety, 2008-03-10
This is probably Alan Parker's best film, in part because it's one of his most modest.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, 2008-03-10
Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny, this is Parker's best to date.
Geoff Andrew, Time Out, 2006-06-24
Mr. Parker is capable of whipping a series of quick, well-edited snippets into a happy collage of musical high spirits.
Janet Maslin, New York Times, 2003-05-20
As music and human comedy, it works just fine.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2000-01-01
The musical numbers, actually performed by the on-screen band, are sensational.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post, 2000-01-01
Alan Parker's sexy, hilarious, exuberantly energetic new film, The Commitments, has so much rhythmic juice that it's nearly impossible to stay in your seat.
Hal Hinson, Washington Post, 2000-01-01