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In America

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7.71 h 41 min200415
Moving his family to New York city to pursue an acting career, a proud, hard-Working Irish immigrant is helped by his precocious pre-Teen daughter to come to terms with the loss of a son who died back home.
Directors
Jim Sheridan
Starring
Paddy ConsidineSamantha MortonSarah Bolger
Genres
Drama
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Supporting actors
Emma Bolger
Studio
Twentieth Century Fox
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4.4 out of 5 stars

253 global ratings

  1. 60% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 23% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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R. ChapmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 April 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
So prophetically PC, it gives me a migraine!
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The usual liberal hymn to illegal immigration, the 'noble savage', etc., sugar coated with a very charming child actor. It's very well filmed and acted collection of all the liberal cliches and half truths, which has continued to be repeated ad nauseum to the present day, to almost constitute a genre. Perhaps this is genuinely original, being the first, or at least, an early example, that became a template for the franchise.

I bought it because I admire Morton and Paddy C - who should have been an international mega star. If he'd been French, like Mattheu Almaric, or had been to Eton, he would have been.
IndiGReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
amazing!
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This movie is amazing. I am not exaggerating! It is so beautifully shot, well written and everyone in the film can actually act! The younger sister who plays Ariel (she's on the cover) is so adorable (physically and mentally).

It is about an Irish family (Mum, Dad, two girls) who are moving to New York as a fresh start, because they have lost their son Frankie about a year before. They live in a rough area in the top apartment of a really old apartment block and the Dad tries to make it as an actor to support the family. In the old building where they live they make friends with a lonely man who avoids everyone and takes out his anger in his art (he also has an illness that is wearing him down) but the children see through him and he becomes friends with them. The mother becomes expectant with another child. The doctor tells her that it would be wise to abort it early, as it will be a dangerous pregnancy. She decides against the doctor's concerns and continues with the pregnancy. Through the pregnancy she has to overcome Frankie's death. I won't say anything more! you will have to watch it!

It is so heart-warming (i shed a few tears at the end). It has sad moments, but it all comes together at the end.
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Malvolio OReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 February 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
A feel of "A tree grows in Brooklyn"
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I know that real afficionados of the book of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will disagree but i am more thinking of the film versions and their treatment of struggling families in New York and the depth of performance than anything else. Through the eyes of a child this perceptive and wonderful piece of cinema does give hope that we can survive emotional turmoil and grow stronger even when the world throws other obstacles.

Th performances are beautiful. Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, and Djimon Hounsou are great as the parents and the downstaira terminally ill neighbour but the real tributes have to go to young Sarah and Emma Bolger for their portrayals of the young sisters, Christie and Ariel.

This is a largely autobiographical work for director Jim Sherida who also co-wrote the script with his own daughters, Naomi and Kirsten. He escapes mawkishness and sentimentality and directs a wonderfully appealing film. I mark hard when i do the reviews and so wish i could give four and a half stars.
5 people found this helpful
PragueloverReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful film
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Beautiful film about Irish Family moving to New York. Great acting from all the cast. DVD sound quality was very poor
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PinkyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 February 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting film
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There are lots of good things about this film but also lots of things that for some reason did not totally convince me or draw me in ,can't quite put my finger on it .The outstanding performance for me was Djimon Hounson who played the artist shaman ,wow what a presence this man had and when he was on he just dominated the scene and stole the movie together with the little girls who were amazing
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Beccalovesbooks!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 September 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful
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This film was beautiful, it has definitely made its way straight into my top 3 films. Up there with 'Now Is Good' and 'Never Let Me Go'. This is about an Irish family that move to America and as you watch you learn why they moved, what they are running from and what they are running to. The characters were well thought of and believable, they had so much depth to them that watching this film you can't help but begin to care deeply about the characters. Certain characters also surprised me in their development throughout the film. Honestly beautiful, you will shed a tear.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good
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Great buy and fast delivery
IrishdingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 June 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Family Movie
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I bought this after watching it on TV (a few times) It is very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. I am not going to go into the synopsis of the movie, that is well covered elsewhere. Such credible performances by all actors especially the two little girls..They were amazing.. so natural. This is an underrated movie. Anyway,I want to all this to my video collection,. Shipping, price and arrival was great.... Would recommend the supplier
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