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Angela's Ashes (1999)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 41

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.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 16

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

Jul 18, 2000

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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (41) | DVD (16)

Lacking a heart.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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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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Mostly misses the humor, lyricism and emotional charge of Frank McCourt's magical and magnificent memoir.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
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Mostly it's a series of visits to the welfare line.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A tedious, vastly disappointing film that does not do justice to the wonderful and touching book upon which it is based.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Sometimes humorous and wholly inspiring tale.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

I enjoyed the relentless gloomy realism, the refusal to put a happy face on McCourt's miserable childhood.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Misses the mark as an exceptional drama yet manages to vividly convey the soul-shattering effects of poverty.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Like bread without yeast, 'Angela's Ashes' minus the author's wit can't rise to meet expectations.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A dreary, ultimately punishing adaptation of Frank McCourt's memoir, where every other scene has somebody either getting sick, puking or dying.

July 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

I am pleased to announce that this film is a fine, a beautiful presentation of a painful story.

June 14, 2001 Full Review

Alan Parker logra uno de sus mejores trabajos en lo que es un tributo al espíritu humano que ofrece lo mejor de sí en medio de las peores adversidades

March 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

a long, exhausting, almost completely humorless chronicle of misery, shame, and hardship

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

It feels like it is going nowhere very slowly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Parker has gotten the dreariness of the material right, but he can't really give us a reason to care about the film's characters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Like a good potato, Angela's Ashes is heavy on the starch and light on the protein.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: MovieJuice!

I'm not sorry I saw it, but I wouldn't see it again.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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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.
November 24, 2010

Super Reviewer

Would have given it more, but didn't just out of spite.
March 10, 2010

Super Reviewer

The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child.
December 13, 2009
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