Angela's Ashes - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Angela's Ashes Reviews

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Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
There is something so compelling, so forceful and even so humourous about McCourt's life journey that the film lifts us out of the Limerick gloom it depicts.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The film lacks development and dramatic coherence.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle are the near-perfect embodiment of McCourt's troubled parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
January 1, 2000
Like a good potato, Angela's Ashes is heavy on the starch and light on the protein.
J. Robert Parks
Phantom Tollbooth
January 1, 2000
Though the story and mood are dreary, the fundamental human traits of struggle and family shine brightly.
Yazmin Ghonaim
Cinephiles
January 1, 2000
Careful avoidance of overly melodramatic performances in spite of the highly dramatic scenarios.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
The film is too often trapped in its own reverence and solemnity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
For all its fidelity to the spirit and, in extended passages, to the letter of McCourt's book, however, Parker's film falls short.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Probably (Alan Parker's) best movie after The Commitments.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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.
James Brundage
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
It feels like it is going nowhere very slowly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Watson, the queen of suffering-female roles, is as good as ever.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Beautifully acted.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Angela's Ashes doesn't work as entertainment, and since it doesn't cure anything, it can't qualify as medicine, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Angela's Ashes isn't a movie for cinema buffs, but for the many fans of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Of course, the movie is a thinner version of the novel, but you still get a drama that has you laughing and brokenhearted, often at the same time.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
The cinematographers are brilliant in their quest to evoke cold and cruel atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
A moving, passionate drama that echoes with McCourt's distinctive character and glimmers with obstinate hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Von Doviak
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
The movie makes the odd and ultimately fatal mistake of leaving McCourt out of his own story.
Mac Verstandig
Moviereviews.org
January 1, 2000
The two and a half hour duration goes at the rate of a Leslie Nielson death scene.
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