• PG-13, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jim Sheridan
    In Theaters:
    Apr 29, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 11, 2004
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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In America Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Moving but slightly graphic; mature teens only.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 24, 2010
Nick Rogers

"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.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 24, 2010
Emanuel Levy

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

August 25, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Meredith Brody
Chicago Reader
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The result is a blend of kitchen-sink and magical realism: sentimental, but well acted and freshly observed.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 17, 2007
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

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.

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 22, 2007
Emma Cochrane
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006

Time Out
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The pairing of two brilliant, loose-cannon actors gets the film a long way.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

A solid, if unspectacular family film.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Bob Westal
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

May 4, 2005
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

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

Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 5, 2005
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 8/10

February 5, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A-

January 27, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: A

January 15, 2005
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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At its best, the movie has a supernal glow that you can practically warm your hands by.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

August 7, 2004
Boyd van Hoeij

In America gets better after a muddled start.

Full Review Source: european-films.net

August 7, 2004
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2004
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total

May 6, 2004
Kent Turner

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.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2.25/5

April 9, 2004
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