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In the Name of the Father Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 28, 2014
Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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Francis X. Clines
New York Times
May 21, 2003
The film offers layers of dramatic detail for those who might be confused at points but teased to inquire further.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[Day-Lewis] proves here once again that he is one of the most talented and interesting actors of his generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
As good a compromise of fact and fiction as you could hope for -- and still call it a movie.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The brilliance of Jim Sheridan's motion picture is that we come to view every event from the perspective of how it impacts on the relationship between Gerry and his father, in whose name the final struggle is fought.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The film takes forever to do what 60 Minutes does with the same meat in a single segment.