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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Lacks the humor and charm that fills the book and makes it so much more than a catalog of suffering.
  2. 75
    Something of Angela's Ashes does gets lost in translation -- mainly, its fiercely funny voice.
  3. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    60
    Not since the latest fashion layout flirted with arty desolation, has misery looked this fabulously pristine.
  4. The end result smacks more of Hollywood melodrama than true compassion for the suffering poor.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    Has anyone involved in this disaster ever heard a real story?
  6. The effect of the 2 1/2-hour film is deadening.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  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. Expand
  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. Collapse
  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

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