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In America

In America (2003)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 173
Fresh: 154 | Rotten: 19

A rich and moving story about an immigrant family adjusting to life in New York.


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 3

A rich and moving story about an immigrant family adjusting to life in New York.



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To begin all over again is a classic American dream. But it is remarkably hard to do, as Irish immigrants Johnny and Sarah discover when they hit New York City, with their two spunky young daughters, in the mid-1980s. In pursuit of a dream, the family uses ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life. With no cash to spare, Johnny and Sarah settle into a chaotic New York tenement and attempt to turn the dilapidated setting into a true home. From dragging an


Drama, Comedy

Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan

May 11, 2004


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The result is a blend of kitchen-sink and magical realism: sentimental, but well acted and freshly observed.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The pairing of two brilliant, loose-cannon actors gets the film a long way.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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At its best, the movie has a supernal glow that you can practically warm your hands by.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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One of the two or three best movies of the year, In America is easily the most emotionally satisfying.

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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There are so many beautiful, tender moments in In America ... that it's easy to forgive Sheridan's manipulative ploys.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Deeply moving and funny.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Moving but slightly graphic; mature teens only.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"In America" serves as a peaceful reminder of the simplicity and clarity with which kids can stare down death and help adults come to a place of comfort - earning its cries as cathartic cleansing.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source:

Sheridan's semi-personal immigration drama is simple and modest to a fault but it's sporadically touching and well acted, particularly by Samantha Morton, who deserves an Oscar nod.

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Such a lovely film I couldn't help but flip over it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A sappy, self-congratulatory tale of triumph of penniless newcomers over every sort of adversity, and a close brush with death every time they set foot outside of their apartment.

April 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

Lovingly shot, with a remarkable debut from Sarah Bolger, who along with sister Emma, gives one of the greatest ever child performances.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A solid, if unspectacular family film.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

In America contains enough magic and sincerity to cover the proverbial multitude of cinematic sins.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Superbly evokes the depression, anxiety, joy, misery, and aggravation of family life.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

A genuinely touching movie about a family that doesn't condescend to audiences or wrap its lessons into neat, tidy packages.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Sheridan should also be applauded for keeping the film going at a nice pace, sprinkling it with many lighter moments, as well as one of the more suspenseful scenes from any movie last year.

February 5, 2005 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...a scrapbook of family history that has gained poignancy through the showing and telling but remains recognizably a family story rather than a myth or epic.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Sheridan finds room to examine the experience of immigrants, AIDS patients, struggling artists, pregnant mothers, and fathers losing faith in both themselves and God

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

In America gets better after a muddled start.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

The film's blend of heartbreak and hope is perhaps Sheridan’s greatest achievement, and it gives us a work that’s as lovable as it is challenging.

May 14, 2004

In America es, hasta el momento, la película más personal del realizador más importante que ha dado el cine de Irlanda en los últimos 15 años.

May 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Two child actors provide the strongest sense of realty in a disjointed tearjerker, where there's a disconnect between what is said and what is shown.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for In America

A touching, moving, deeply personal story of an immigrant Irish family who moves to America searching for happiness and a fresh start despite living in horrible circumstances. Instead of drifting into weepy melodrama where everything horrible that could happen happens, director Jim Sheridan gives this movie such a touch of warmth that it feels more like a surrealistic fairy tale rather than an edgy drama. The results are spectacular, and the acting could not be better, from the stupendous real-life Bolger sisters to the regular powerhouse performance Djimon Hounsou always seems to bring rather effortlessly. A remarkable picture, a positive one, with a tear-jerking finale that does not feel overdone. A movie that I will definitely want to rewatch through the years.
April 23, 2013
Dan Schultz

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Great child actors, and the rest of the cast are obviously good, but the cheap stupid melodrama of the script will kill your brain cells faster than a bottle of cheap vodka.
September 12, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Jim Sheridan is an absolute prince at directing little kids. When it comes to adults, though, he falls a little short. What the heck, Djimon Hounsou?
May 1, 2011

Super Reviewer

Soulful drama, about an Irish family of four who leaves everything behind to start a new life in America. A wonderfully acted and seamlessly edited story, about love, hope and every-day survival. Much of its charm and appeal though, is owed to the daughters in the family. They're funny, lovely and naturally born actresses. A film that really has you rooting for the success of its characters, and leaves no heart unaffected by the end of the journey.
April 8, 2011
Mike S

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