Angela's Ashes

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5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on the best selling autobiography by Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes is the story of young Frankie and his siblings being raised in abject poverty in the slums of Limerick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    88
    Lacks the humor and charm that fills the book and makes it so much more than a catalog of suffering.
  2. The author calls the movie "perfect" - reassurance that the director hasn't tried to pull any fast ones.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    As well-crafted and sensitive as it is, the movie remains one step removed from inspiration.
  4. 50
    140 minutes of flat vignette, as dreary and uninvolving as the driving rain that never lets up on the benighted streets of Limerick.
  5. 50
    For those who adore McCourt's work, Angela's Ashes will most likely disappoint; for those unfamiliar with this inspiring chronicle of a survivor, it will neither impress nor dishearten to any degree.
  6. The effect of the 2 1/2-hour film is deadening.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. FrankS.
    Aug 30, 2005
    8
    This is an excellent film. Many critics have been disappointed with it in comparison with the book but when viewed as a film in its own right This is an excellent film. Many critics have been disappointed with it in comparison with the book but when viewed as a film in its own right it is an excellent movie. Collapse
  2. JoeT.
    Aug 27, 2005
    7
    This is quite a good movie. Despite being dominated by gloom, it retains a positive moral centre which keeps it enjoyable and heartening. This is quite a good movie. Despite being dominated by gloom, it retains a positive moral centre which keeps it enjoyable and heartening. It's perhaps a little too long also and it does tire a little towards the end, but it remains a very good film nonetheless. Expand
  3. Jun 16, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The quality of this movie wasn't to bad considering the time that the movie was made. I only gave it a 5/10 because the Book Angela's Ashes much better depicts the life of Frank McCourt. Also the book shows what Frank's father was really like. There is much more Drama in the book then the movie. Expand
  4. Apr 7, 2016
    5
    The real question is... can you make a true movie based on a book? Not Angela's Ashes, but we might know a perfect and true movie that doesThe real question is... can you make a true movie based on a book? Not Angela's Ashes, but we might know a perfect and true movie that does and you're looking at the wrong place. Expand

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