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In America Reviews

October 17, 2007
The result is a blend of kitchen-sink and magical realism: sentimental, but well acted and freshly observed.
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June 24, 2006
The pairing of two brilliant, loose-cannon actors gets the film a long way.
August 7, 2004
At its best, the movie has a supernal glow that you can practically warm your hands by.
December 26, 2003
One of the two or three best movies of the year, In America is easily the most emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 19, 2003
There are so many beautiful, tender moments in In America ... that it's easy to forgive Sheridan's manipulative ploys.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2003
Deeply moving and funny.
Read More | Original Score: A
December 12, 2003
In America, on paper, sounds dangerously close to sentimentality, but Sheridan keeps the movie's tone just off-kilter enough to avoid it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2003
Has a simple, undeniable power.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 12, 2003
An achingly intimate and beautifully observed account of the immigrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 12, 2003
In America may not be great, but it's sweet and deeply human, and it demonstrates that when someone speaks from the heart, it can be next to impossible not to listen -- and to feel.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 12, 2003
Jim Sheridan's In America doesn't just tear at the heart strings. It rips them out, cuts them up, sets the pieces on fire and pours cold water on the ashes.
December 11, 2003
If the film is manipulative, at least it's subtly manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 11, 2003
A genuine, refreshing film about embracing life's challenges and rewards.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 11, 2003
A wondrously emotional film, one that sneakily dismantles your defenses and purges grief you didn't realize you had.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 11, 2003
The love that permeates every frame of this comic drama quickly makes it apparent that this is something dear to the filmmakers' hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2003
Redeemed by the joyousness of family life that Mr. Sheridan captures from his agile and resourceful foursome.
December 4, 2003
Insightful, joyous and positively heart-stopping.
November 29, 2003
The three miracles that occur over the course of Jim Sheridan's In America pale next to the miracle of the movie itself.
November 29, 2003
Not everything is possible in Sheridan's America. But with this cast, In America, everything is beautiful.
November 26, 2003
A big little movie, a fictionalized memoir that transcends the personal to become universal -- its grubby verve touched with a sense of wonder and magic, its mundane actions given an all-too-rare spiritual resonance.
November 26, 2003
It is kept watchable and empathetic by the energy of the superb performances and the sense of complete freshness.
November 26, 2003
Too sweet to ever worry us that things might not pull together in the end, and yet too odd to be overly lulling, In America keeps itself just on the far side of familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2003
There's no questioning the director's ability to wring moving moments from potentially sentimental and decidedly familiar material: the story of penniless immigrants trying to make it in Manhattan. It got to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2003
The movie stumbles.
November 26, 2003
It's a wistful yet penetrating film, shot through with magic realism and life-affirming humor, that gets you deep down where you live.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 26, 2003
The casting of real-life sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger is the stroke that gives In America its buoyancy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2003
[Sheridan] stages it with a deft specificity and understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 26, 2003
The cast features two of the most engaging little girls ever to grace the silver screen, and they come with a flat-out guarantee: The hardest of hearts will melt before them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2003
It is perceptive about the countless ways in which it is hard to be poor and a stranger in a new land.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 26, 2003
Lesson-laden, tear-jerking fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2003
A classic story of losing and finding faith told with heart, humor and emotional heft.
November 25, 2003
From its first frame to its final fade-out, In America is about her family's passage into the land of dreams, a place where wishes do come true, but only if you understand how to make them.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2003
Thanks to Jim Sheridan's graceful, scrupulously sincere direction and the dry intelligence of his cast, In America is likely to pierce the defenses of all but the most dogmatically cynical viewers.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2003
[In America] is particularly adept at dealing with the immigrant experience, with lives lived on the knife edge of hope, poverty and despair that is in many ways this country's quintessential situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 25, 2003
For his part, Sheridan places his bets on the healing power of magic and the transformation of bad blood into good. As pipe dreams go, this one couldn't be timelier.
November 25, 2003
Like a kid playing make-believe, In America is blithely confident of its own contrivances; it only benefits from a certain unselfconscious naivete.
November 25, 2003
Forceful, funny and impassioned.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2003
A unique and moving look at the so-called 'immigrant experience' that is as much about family dynamics as it is about the struggle to survive in an unfamiliar country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2003
Ostensibly, it's meant to be part family drama and part love letter to New York. But it feels like a movie made by a tourist.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 25, 2003
Sheridan's labor of love becomes a testament to love, presenting the triumph of spirit over circumstances.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 24, 2003
... a film brimming with honest sentiment and infused with the spirit of Frank Capra's best work.
September 19, 2002
A sweetly benign look at the immigrant experience.
September 18, 2002
Richly observed, beautifully written and performed.