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Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

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  • Summary: Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis gives an impassioned performance in this riveting drama that mirrors one man's 15-year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice. (Universal Studios)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Jim Sheridan skillfully interweaves a myriad of subplots and themes into a fast-paced, cohesive whole.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    100
    But the filmmakers have invigorated and enriched the story through the use of a thousand details, a strong sense of time and place, outstanding characterizations and a display of energy and cinematic flair that marks an advance on "My Left Foot."
  3. Reviewed by: Francis X. Clines
    90
    And, riskiest of all, the film makers eschewed another grainy documentary go at the subject in favor of a movie drama of one of the most compelling true stories of the modern troubles.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    88
    Though the facts have been manipulated in the interests of drama--Gerry and Giuseppe were never imprisoned together, etc.--this has been done in a brave and responsible way, shedding light on an important episode in recent history.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    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.
  6. 75
    The movie does a harrowing job of showing how, and why, a man might be made to confess to a bombing he didn't commit.
  7. 50
    Based on Gerry Conlon's own account of his arrest and subsequent incarceration, the film takes forever to do what "60 Minutes" does with the same meat in a single segment.

See all 16 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 10, 2014
    10
    Harrowing and Devastating picture about the truth.Daniel Day Lewis leads an awesome cast and Jim Sheridan's work is nothing short of spectacular.One to remember. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2010
    10
    Daniel Day-Lewis , Emma Thompson and Jim Sheridan were really fantastic in this important film...
    I can see this film every week.......thanks
    to the producer. Expand
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    10
    What is there not to love about this movie? Powerful, profound, touching,and beautifully scripted, you can't miss it! Experience yourself the beauty of this masterpiece! I love it so much! I own the dvd! Expand
  4. Sep 24, 2013
    9
    "In the Name of the Father" me parecio una obra maestra.La pelicula tuvo un buen desarrollo y una buena historia; si estuvieran los numeros decimales en Metacritic, a esta pelicula le daria un 9,50.Me gusto la actuacion de Daniel Day-Lewis. Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2013
    8
    Really good film. The shocking true story of Gerry Conlon and his friends is presented with shocking beauty and power with fabolous acting from the entire cast, especially Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, and Pete Postelthwaite. Really well done all around. Expand
  6. Feb 6, 2014
    8
    In The Name of the Father is a harrowing tale that shows how corrupt government officials can pin any crime on pretty much any person, but eventually will pay the price. Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite's survival are the central story with many sub-plots that eventually come together to create a cohesive whole of a film. Expand