Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic 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: Robert Faires
    For in relating the true story of Conlon's wrongful conviction and 15-year imprisonment, Sheridan has used the tools of the filmmaker to evoke a visceral echo of Conlon's waking nightmare.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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."
  4. Sheridan, however, works with such piercing fervor and intelligence that In the Name of the Father just about transcends its tidy moral design.
  5. Reviewed by: Francis X. Clines
    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.
  6. In the Name of the Father is as good a compromise of fact and fiction as you could hope for -- and still call it a movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Terrence Rafferty
    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.
  8. Sheridan and colleagues understood their chief problem: how to sustain interest in a story that was well-known in advance, not a large historical subject with its own prestige but a news story now dated. So they concentrated on character and on acid irony. [03 Jan 1994 Pg. 28]
  9. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    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.
  10. Strongly tied to a powerful underlying reality (though it inevitably tends to simplify), this film has the additional advantage of being concerned with the emotional truth of its key relationships, adding an unusual father and son story to its incendiary mix. [29 Dec 1993 Pg. F1]
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    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.
  12. But 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.
  13. 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.
  14. He gets much of what he wants, but not all of it, and not all of the time - the film is just too eclectic on occasion, a bit jumpy in its tone and its pacing.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    But the film's emotional core is father-son reconciliation, and Pete Postlethwaite is very sympathetic as Dad. [29 Dec 1993 Pg. 01.D]
  16. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 10, 2014
    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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2014
    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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 8, 2013
    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. Full Review »