In America Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Moving but slightly graphic; mature teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 24, 2010
"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 | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
August 25, 2009
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 | Original Score: B-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Such a lovely film I couldn't help but flip over it.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Meredith Brody
Chicago Reader
October 17, 2007
The result is a blend of kitchen-sink and magical realism: sentimental, but well acted and freshly observed.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emma Cochrane
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Lovingly shot, with a remarkable debut from Sarah Bolger, who along with sister Emma, gives one of the greatest ever child performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The pairing of two brilliant, loose-cannon actors gets the film a long way.
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A solid, if unspectacular family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Westal
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
In America contains enough magic and sincerity to cover the proverbial multitude of cinematic sins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Superbly evokes the depression, anxiety, joy, misery, and aggravation of family life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
A genuinely touching movie about a family that doesn't condescend to audiences or wrap its lessons into neat, tidy packages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
...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 | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
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 | Original Score: A
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
At its best, the movie has a supernal glow that you can practically warm your hands by.
Boyd van Hoeij
August 7, 2004
In America gets better after a muddled start.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 14, 2004
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
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 6, 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.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 17, 2007
The movie lacks conviction from implausible beginning to sentimental end.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 19, 2003
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
December 4, 2003

Boston Phoenix
December 2, 2003
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