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To begin all over again is a classic American dream. But it is remarkably hard to do, as Irish immigrants Johnny and Sarah discover when they hit New York City, with their two spunky young daughters, in the mid-1980s. In pursuit of a dream, the family uses ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life. With no cash to spare, Johnny and Sarah settle into a chaotic New York tenement and attempt to turn the dilapidated setting into a true home. From dragging an iffy-looking air conditioner across Manhattan to finding make-do jobs, nothing comes without a fight for the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is a blend of kitchen-sink and magical realism: sentimental, but well acted and freshly observed."
‑ Meredith Brody, Chicago Reader
"One of the two or three best movies of the year, In America is easily the most emotionally satisfying."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Moving but slightly graphic; mature teens only."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Such a lovely film I couldn't help but flip over it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A solid, if unspectacular family film."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"The pairing of two brilliant, loose-cannon actors gets the film a long way."
‑ , Time Out
"There are so many beautiful, tender moments in In America ... that it's easy to forgive Sheridan's manipulative ploys."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
""In America" serves as a peaceful reminder of the simplicity and clarity with which kids can stare down death and help adults come to a place of comfort - earning its cries as cathartic cleansing."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A sappy, self-congratulatory tale of triumph of penniless newcomers over every sort of adversity, and a close brush with death every time they set foot outside of their apartment."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"In America contains enough magic and sincerity to cover the proverbial multitude of cinematic sins."
‑ Bob Westal, Film Threat
"At its best, the movie has a supernal glow that you can practically warm your hands by."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Deeply moving and funny."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Sheridan's semi-personal immigration drama is simple and modest to a fault but it's sporadically touching and well acted, particularly by Samantha Morton, who deserves an Oscar nod."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Lovingly shot, with a remarkable debut from Sarah Bolger, who along with sister Emma, gives one of the greatest ever child performances."
‑ Emma Cochrane, Empire Magazine
"Superbly evokes the depression, anxiety, joy, misery, and aggravation of family life."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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