Angela's Ashes
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In 1935, when it is more common for Irish families to leave their famine-stricken country for America, the impoverished McCourt family do the reverse. Following the sudden death of her 7-week-old daughter, Angela and her unemployable, alcoholic husband, Malachy Sr. set sail from New York Harbour to Cork with their four children- Frank, Malachy Jr. and twins Eugene and Oliver- to return to the land which mystified young Frank had only heard of as 'where there was no work and people were dying of starvation and the damp.'

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lacking a heart."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Mostly it's a series of visits to the welfare line."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"I enjoyed the relentless gloomy realism, the refusal to put a happy face on McCourt's miserable childhood."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A dreary, ultimately punishing adaptation of Frank McCourt's memoir, where every other scene has somebody either getting sick, puking or dying."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"a long, exhausting, almost completely humorless chronicle of misery, shame, and hardship"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The film is too often trapped in its own reverence and solemnity."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"A tedious, vastly disappointing film that does not do justice to the wonderful and touching book upon which it is based."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Misses the mark as an exceptional drama yet manages to vividly convey the soul-shattering effects of poverty."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"I am pleased to announce that this film is a fine, a beautiful presentation of a painful story."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"It feels like it is going nowhere very slowly."
‑ James Brundage,
"Mostly misses the humor, lyricism and emotional charge of Frank McCourt's magical and magnificent memoir."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Sometimes humorous and wholly inspiring tale."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Like bread without yeast, 'Angela's Ashes' minus the author's wit can't rise to meet expectations."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Alan Parker logra uno de sus mejores trabajos en lo que es un tributo al espíritu humano que ofrece lo mejor de sí en medio de las peores adversidades"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"Parker has gotten the dreariness of the material right, but he can't really give us a reason to care about the film's characters."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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