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  • Summary: From master storyteller Jim Sheridan comes a deeply personal and emotionally raw tale of a family finding its soul In America. Through the wide-open eyes of two young heroines, Sheridan transforms a devastating human tragedy into a riveting, humor-tinged story about memory, secrets, love, loss, coming together and starting over. (Fox Searchlight) Expand
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    In America is not unsentimental about its new arrivals (the movie has a warm heart and frankly wants to move us), but it is perceptive about the countless ways in which it is hard to be poor and a stranger in a new land.
  2. It is that rare find: a film that is as emotionally truthful as it is satisfying.
  3. 88
    Family life rarely is portrayed with such warmth, clarity and vibrancy as in In America.
  4. Has moments of biting tenderness, yet the movie made me wish that Sheridan had let in more of America.
  5. If you're looking for a bit of an uplift, you could do worse among the gloom of so many holiday dramas.
  6. A recklessly emotional film that is so committed to feelings it occasionally overflows its banks. Which may be a little messy, but it's a lot more welcome than the drought-stricken alternatives.
  7. 50
    In short, the Sheridan of In America wants us to pity his characters for the rough ride that they endure, yet at the same time he traps them inside a bubble of the picturesque and the outlandish. Even if you like this movie, you have to ask: What has it done to deserve its title? [1 December 2003, p. 118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42

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