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.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mostly it's a series of visits to the welfare line.

Rob Gonsalves

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

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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

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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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Misses the mark as an exceptional drama yet manages to vividly convey the soul-shattering effects of poverty.

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Todd McCarthy

Mostly misses the humor, lyricism and emotional charge of Frank McCourt's magical and magnificent memoir.

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Michael Dequina

Sometimes humorous and wholly inspiring tale.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Like bread without yeast, 'Angela's Ashes' minus the author's wit can't rise to meet expectations.

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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
Wahida K
The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child.
I'm pretty interested in reading the book now. As much as goes on in this film, I can't imagine it picked up on all the wonderful subtleties you can… 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.

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