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Angela's Ashes Reviews

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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Visually immaculate but unaffecting.
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Angela's Ashes is the soggiest dud of all the major holiday releases.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Mostly it's a series of visits to the welfare line.
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David L. Beck
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
This one will disappoint fans of the book and repulse those who have not read it.
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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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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
Parker has honored the core of the work and in the process turned a great memoir into a memorable movie.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
There's a compelling momentum to Angela's Ashes, Alan Parker's very faithful, if poetically subordinate, version of McCourt's book, which imposed elegance on squalor and intelligence on the indolence cultivated by poverty.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
If Parker had aimed more at capturing the author's unique voice, and worried less about getting the details right, his movie might have been extraordinary.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The film isn't wrenching enough to do it justice.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The story of Frank McCourt's triumph makes it to the screen intact. It's the lyricism, the heartbeat, that seem to be missing.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
There is in the film a beauty and ambition rare in most current movies.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Lacks the magnificence of his book, but it is worth seeing.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Mostly misses the humor, lyricism and emotional charge of Frank McCourt's magical and magnificent memoir.
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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
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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
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
Lacking a heart.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The film lacks development and dramatic coherence.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
I'm sure the producers of Angela's Ashes meant well, but they got the wrong guy to direct it.
| Original Score: 3/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Primitive peoples, or so it's said, resist being photographed, believing that the creation of an image robs them of their souls. A quaint notion, perhaps, but how else can you explain what's happened to Angela's Ashes?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
As well-crafted and sensitive as it is, the movie remains one step removed from inspiration.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Despite its harsh scenes, Angela's Ashes will leave you with lovely memories.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A quietly triumphant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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