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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The effect of the 2 1/2-hour film is deadening. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    True to the book's squalor but also finding honest humor where it can. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    Parker has honored the core of the work and in the process turned a great memoir into a memorable movie. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The question is not whether the movie exactly duplicates the experience of the book, but whether the movie stands on its own. Angela's Ashes clearly does. show more

  • 59
    Cody Clark Mr. Showbiz

    If Parker had aimed more at capturing the author's unique voice, and worried less about getting the details right, his movie might have been extraordinary as well. show more

  • 88
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Lacks the humor and charm that fills the book and makes it so much more than a catalog of suffering. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Haunts the conscience, troubles the spirit. show more

  • 75
    Curtis Morgan Miami Herald

    Something of Angela's Ashes does gets lost in translation -- mainly, its fiercely funny voice. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    The author calls the movie "perfect" - reassurance that the director hasn't tried to pull any fast ones. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    It really gets gloomy. show more

  • August 18, 2008 MarzKor
    Report This User

    This is a tale that is sad, lonely, yet strong and full of unfulfilled hope, like a hungry dog that smells rancid meat. The ultimate oxymoron,,,

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