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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.
January 1, 2000
The film lacks development and dramatic coherence.
January 1, 2000
Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle are the near-perfect embodiment of McCourt's troubled parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 1, 2000
Like a good potato, Angela's Ashes is heavy on the starch and light on the protein.
January 1, 2000
Though the story and mood are dreary, the fundamental human traits of struggle and family shine brightly.
January 1, 2000
Careful avoidance of overly melodramatic performances in spite of the highly dramatic scenarios.
January 1, 2000
The film is too often trapped in its own reverence and solemnity.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Probably (Alan Parker's) best movie after The Commitments.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
January 1, 2000
It feels like it is going nowhere very slowly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Watson, the queen of suffering-female roles, is as good as ever.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
January 1, 2000
Angela's Ashes isn't a movie for cinema buffs, but for the many fans of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
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.
January 1, 2000
The cinematographers are brilliant in their quest to evoke cold and cruel atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
The movie makes the odd and ultimately fatal mistake of leaving McCourt out of his own story.
January 1, 2000
The two and a half hour duration goes at the rate of a Leslie Nielson death scene.
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