Metascore
84

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
    100
    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
    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."
  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
    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.
  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
    90
    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)
    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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 52 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
    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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »