In America


In America

Critics Consensus

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



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To begin all over again is a classic American dream. But it is remarkably hard to do, as Irish immigrants Johnny and Sarah discover when they hit New York City, with their two spunky young daughters, in the mid-1980s. In pursuit of a dream, the family uses ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life. With no cash to spare, Johnny and Sarah settle into a chaotic New York tenement and attempt to turn the dilapidated setting into a true home. From dragging an iffy-looking air conditioner across Manhattan to finding make-do jobs, nothing comes without a fight for the couple. And yet, as they see America as rife with challenges, dangers and weirdness, their daughters see it as a magical place where anything can happen, a place that might release them from the anguish of what has come before. Then, on Halloween, the girls dare to knock on the door of "the screaming man," a reclusive neighbor named Mateo, and everything changes. As the family heads for a crisis, Mateo becomes their unlikely ally in the territory where hope, faith and even magic hold sway.

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Paddy Considine
as Johnny Sullivan
Samantha Morton
as Sarah Sullivan
Sarah Bolger
as Christy Sullivan
Emma Bolger
as Ariel Sullivan
Jer O'Leary
as Thomas Bakewell
Molly Glynn
as Sarah Mateo
Nye Heron
as Blind Man
Sarah James
as Papo's Girlfriend
Sara James
as Papo's Girlfriend
Neal Jones
as Immigration Officer No. 1
Randall Carlton
as Immigration Officer No. 2
Bob Gallico
as Theater Director
Jason Killalee
as Assistant Theater Director
Chary O'Dea
as Mexican Woman With Child
Adrian Martinez
as Shopkeeper
David Wike
as Barker
Guy Carleton
as Man At Fair
Elaine Grollman
as Nun On School Steps
Nick Dunning
as Gynaecologist
Eilish Scanlon
as Nun Playing Piano
Tom Murphy
as Actor In Queue
Des Bishop
as Stockbroker In Taxi
Bernadette Quigley
as Hospital Adminsitrator
Frank Wood
as Paediatrician
Regina Roe
as Administrator/Nurse
Tamla Clarke
as Hospital Receptionist
Nisha Nayar
as Hospice Nurse
Rodrigo Pineda Sanchez
as Mexican Man Guitarist
Gabriela Quintero Lopez
as Mexican Woman Guitarist
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Audience Reviews for In America

  • 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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • 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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