Angela's Ashes
Angela's Ashes (1999)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 25, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In spite of its attempts to accurately record Frank McCourt's memoirs, the onscreen adaptation fails to capture any of the drama or humor of his life.

Roger Ebert
At the Movies

Lacking a heart.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

There is in the film a beauty and ambition rare in most current movies.

Emanuel Levy

A tedious, vastly disappointing film that does not do justice to the wonderful and touching book upon which it is based.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The film is too often trapped in its own reverence and solemnity.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Primitive peoples, or so it's said, resist being photographed, believing that the creation of an image robs them of their souls. A quaint notion, perhaps, but how else can you explain what's happened to Angela's Ashes?

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Michael Dequina

Sometimes humorous and wholly inspiring tale.

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Peter Brunette

I'm sure the producers of Angela's Ashes meant well, but they got the wrong guy to direct it.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

For all its fidelity to the spirit and, in extended passages, to the letter of McCourt's book, however, Parker's film falls short.

Rob Gonsalves

I enjoyed the relentless gloomy realism, the refusal to put a happy face on McCourt's miserable childhood.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Bethany Murphy
Fantastic film. Could watch this over and over again. The cast were fantastic and the acting was even better. A poignant story that had you reaching for the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Alan Parker's incredible vision of Frank McCourth's bleak and harrowing story set in the slums of the poverty stricken ireland. a little gem that will… More
familiar stranger
Would have given it more, but didn't just out of spite.
Lafe Fredbjornson
A harsh life is depicted, but it's an engaging experience.
Wahida K
The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child.
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Well, so I read this book just a few months ago and loved it. And guess what? It stayed very true to the book, I mean they cut out some parts but the story in… More

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