In America

2002, Drama, 1h 43m

177 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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A rich and moving story about an immigrant family adjusting to life in New York. Read critic reviews

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The Sullivan family emigrates from Ireland to New York City as father Johnny (Paddy Considine) chases his dream of being an actor. Living in a small Hell's Kitchen apartment, the family settles into American life despite their deplorable living conditions. Wife Sarah (Samantha Morton) works at an ice parlor while Johnny looks for work as an actor, both haunted by memories of their dead son, Frankie. Daughter Christie (Sarah Bolger) documents the family's American journey with a video camera.

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  • Oct 24, 2013
    This depiction of Irish immigrant life is good but not great. If I was to venture a guess on the missing element then I would have to say that culture shock should not have been as great for this family as perhaps one immigrating from the developing world. Pick a family from a more foreign place and you will likely get a better film.
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  • May 01, 2011
    Jim Sheridan is an absolute prince at directing little kids. When it comes to adults, though, he falls a little short. What the heck, Djimon Hounsou?
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2009
    Love this film. Full of drama. I thought it's going to be a film for all ages but it's not. With that kind of love scene a big no. The film is definitely a tear-jerker. The movie was effortless. Full of emotion but not to much. The cast is great. Very natural. The two kids were also great. The whole movie was simple but great. Only few films directors can do this kind of direction. All my praises to the director, cast and writers. The movie deserves praises. Recommended.
    Lemuel M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2009
    In America was a wonderful movie with a touching story and outstanding acting performances. Paddy Considine was great, Samantha Morton was excellent and very believable as a strong Irish mother. Djimon Hounsou was truly amazing in his role as Mateo, although his role wasn't that big, he has made quite an impression in the movie. Personally, I loved the following scenes so much, were Ariel told Mateo about the loss of their brother Frankie and Mateo starts crying, that made the scene unforgettable, and where Johnny comes to Mateo and he told him about his lost son, the fact he could not laugh or cry anymore and asked him if he was in love with his wife. The answer of Mateo, that he was in love with anything that lives, ( because he was dying)was another strong scene with breathtaking acting from Hounsou's part. The girls gave also amazing performances. They stole my heart from the minute I saw them. Great movie.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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