In the Name of the Father

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 70
  2. Negative: 5 out of 70

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  1. Oct 2, 2010
    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.
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    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!
  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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Jan 9, 2015
    just a brilliant biographical movie with superb performances from almost Daniel Day-Lewis , Emma Thompson etc. One of Jim Sheridan's best movie. Remarkable

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. 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. 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.