• R, 2 hr. 13 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jim Sheridan
    In Theaters:
    Dec 29, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 7, 1998
  • Universal Pictures

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In the Name of the Father Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 28, 2014
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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In the Name of the Father is a model of this kind of engaged, enraged filmmaking, a politically charged Fugitive that uses one of the most celebrated cases of recent British history to steamroller an audience with the power of rousing, polemical cinema.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 28, 2014
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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At every point, Day-Lewis is at the center of the story, and he carries the film with an impassioned performance. It helps that it's a great part.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 28, 2014
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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The picture turns into a kind of stylized morality play about the right and the wrong ways for Irishmen to respond to distorted portraits of their character, and it's terrifically effective.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 28, 2014
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

In the Name of the Father is a deeply stirring film that lessens the moral authority of the I.R.A., English soldiers in Ireland, the British police and the British government.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 28, 2014
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Day-Lewis, so intricately repressed in The Age of Innocence, here offers a role reversal in an unreserved and emotional performance that throws caution and inhibition to the winds.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

February 28, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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The complicated relationship between the rebellious Gerry and the quietly tormented Giuseppe is one focus of the film. The obvious political implications of the dreadful situation are another.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2014
Sue Heal
Radio Times

This is a stirring and exceptionally well acted, though controversial, dramatisation of Gerry Conlon's book about the grave miscarriage of justice suffered by the Guildford Four.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Day-Lewis outdoes his acclaimed performance in My Left Foot, making Gerry a character of palpable realness and complexity.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

February 28, 2014
Emanuel Levy

In this powerful, Oscar-nominated movie, Jim Sheridan infuses a fact-based social injustice drama with a more intimate family tale of estranged father and son, splendidly played by Daniel Day-Lewis and Peter Postlethwaite.

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

March 25, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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By the end of the movie, whether or not you're a member of Sinn Fein, the Brits' brutality toward the Conlons will get your Irish up.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 11, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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[Sheridan] works with such piercing fervor and intelligence that In the Name of the Father just about transcends its tidy moral design.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

March 11, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sheridan takes a controversial subject and gives it wider appeal by focusing on the family drama of two men who are also political prisoners.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 11, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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Miscarried justice often provides the vehicle for emotionally wrenching drama and histrionic fireworks, and such is the case in spades with In the Name of the Father.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 11, 2008
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Letter-perfect performances from Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite do a lot more than a dozen editorials to make an unforgettable point about the miscarriage of justice.

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

March 11, 2008


Director Sheridan chronicles the father-son relationship perfectly and also handles the courtroom confrontations skilfully without ever falling into movie melodramatics.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 11, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The acting's so good it frequently transcends the simplicities of the script, and whenever Day-Lewis or Postlethwaite is on-screen the movie crackles.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 11, 2008
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 5/5

March 4, 2008

| Original Score: 5/5

March 24, 2007
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Sheridan's movie seeks to engage and enrage. It's not, however, a film with an ideological axe to sharpen, but one which unfolds, with a sense of passionate conviction, a story of injustice.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
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