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Based on 41 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    An emotional wipeout. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    When you see a director going for that lump-in-the-throat mood, instinct takes over and you want to dig in your heels. Sometimes it's best just to let yourself be swept away. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Touching, but not cloying, uplifting and hopeful but never sappy and also just plain funny. There is not a false note among the five core performances, nor a false word in Sheridan's script. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Magic suffuses this film -- performances that approach perfection, or achieve it, moments of exceptional grace as a troubled family plays out a contemporary version of a classic immigration saga, healing itself in the process. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Wondrously emotional film, one that sneakily dismantles your defenses and purges grief you didn't realize you had. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    If you're looking for a bit of an uplift, you could do worse among the gloom of so many holiday dramas. show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Layered with elements that are both amusing and touching but never threatening to collapse into a big heap of sentimental mush. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    In America is not unsentimental about its new arrivals (the movie has a warm heart and frankly wants to move us), but it is perceptive about the countless ways in which it is hard to be poor and a stranger in a new land. show more

  • 100
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    It's a wistful yet penetrating film, shot through with magic realism and life-affirming humor, that gets you deep down where you live. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Has a warmth that’s utterly enchanting, and a tenderness that’s genuinely touching. This is a real gem. show more

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