Angela's Ashes (1999)



Critic Consensus: In spite of its attempts to accurately record Frank McCourt's memoirs, the onscreen adaptation fails to capture any of the drama or humor of his life.

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In 1935, when it is more common for Irish families to leave their famine-stricken country for America, the impoverished McCourt family do the reverse. Following the sudden death of her 7-week-old daughter, Angela and her unemployable, alcoholic husband, Malachy Sr. set sail from New York Harbour to Cork with their four children- Frank, Malachy Jr. and twins Eugene and Oliver- to return to the land which mystified young Frank had only heard of as 'where there was no work and people were dying of … More

Rating: R (for sexual content and some language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Frank McCourt, Laura Jones, Alan Parker
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On DVD: Jul 18, 2000
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Angela's Ashes

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (31)

For all its fidelity to the spirit and, in extended passages, to the letter of McCourt's book, however, Parker's film falls short.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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The film is too often trapped in its own reverence and solemnity.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Lacking a heart.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
At the Movies
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Angela's Ashes is the soggiest dud of all the major holiday releases.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
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The film lacks development and dramatic coherence.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
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I'm sure the producers of Angela's Ashes meant well, but they got the wrong guy to direct it.

January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Angela's Ashes

Fantastic film. Could watch this over and over again. The cast were fantastic and the acting was even better. A poignant story that had you reaching for the tissues because you were either laughing too hard or crying.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

I'm pretty interested in reading the book now. As much as goes on in this film, I can't imagine it picked up on all the wonderful subtleties you can put in a book.

It's not an easy film to watch, but all the difficult parts are worth it to see the beautiful moments. They're especially powerful if you've ever, like Frank or his mom, had to seriously juggle strong religious devotion with harrowing life situations.

Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

Would have given it more, but didn't just out of spite.

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