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February 28, 2014
Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2014
In the Name of the Father is a model of this kind of engaged, enraged filmmaking, a politically charged Fugitive that uses one of the most celebrated cases of recent British history to steamroller an audience with the power of rousing, polemical cinema.
February 28, 2014
At every point, Day-Lewis is at the center of the story, and he carries the film with an impassioned performance. It helps that it's a great part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2014
The picture turns into a kind of stylized morality play about the right and the wrong ways for Irishmen to respond to distorted portraits of their character, and it's terrifically effective.
February 28, 2014
In the Name of the Father is a deeply stirring film that lessens the moral authority of the I.R.A., English soldiers in Ireland, the British police and the British government.
February 28, 2014
Day-Lewis, so intricately repressed in The Age of Innocence, here offers a role reversal in an unreserved and emotional performance that throws caution and inhibition to the winds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 28, 2014
The complicated relationship between the rebellious Gerry and the quietly tormented Giuseppe is one focus of the film. The obvious political implications of the dreadful situation are another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 28, 2014
This is a stirring and exceptionally well acted, though controversial, dramatisation of Gerry Conlon's book about the grave miscarriage of justice suffered by the Guildford Four.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 28, 2014
Day-Lewis outdoes his acclaimed performance in My Left Foot, making Gerry a character of palpable realness and complexity.
March 25, 2009
In this powerful, Oscar-nominated movie, Jim Sheridan infuses a fact-based social injustice drama with a more intimate family tale of estranged father and son, splendidly played by Daniel Day-Lewis and Peter Postlethwaite.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 11, 2008
By the end of the movie, whether or not you're a member of Sinn Fein, the Brits' brutality toward the Conlons will get your Irish up.
March 11, 2008
[Sheridan] works with such piercing fervor and intelligence that In the Name of the Father just about transcends its tidy moral design.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 11, 2008
Sheridan takes a controversial subject and gives it wider appeal by focusing on the family drama of two men who are also political prisoners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 11, 2008
Miscarried justice often provides the vehicle for emotionally wrenching drama and histrionic fireworks, and such is the case in spades with In the Name of the Father.
March 11, 2008
Letter-perfect performances from Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite do a lot more than a dozen editorials to make an unforgettable point about the miscarriage of justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 11, 2008
Director Sheridan chronicles the father-son relationship perfectly and also handles the courtroom confrontations skilfully without ever falling into movie melodramatics.
March 11, 2008
The acting's so good it frequently transcends the simplicities of the script, and whenever Day-Lewis or Postlethwaite is on-screen the movie crackles.
March 4, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
March 24, 2007
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June 24, 2006
Sheridan's movie seeks to engage and enrage. It's not, however, a film with an ideological axe to sharpen, but one which unfolds, with a sense of passionate conviction, a story of injustice.
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