Angela's Ashes 1999

Critics score:
52 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Roger Ebert, At the Movies: Lacking a heart. Read more

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. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Despite its harsh scenes, Angela's Ashes will leave you with lovely memories. Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times: The film isn't wrenching enough to do it justice. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Mostly it's a series of visits to the welfare line. Read more

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? Read more

Houston Chronicle: Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: Lacks the magnificence of his book, but it is worth seeing. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Angela's Ashes is the soggiest dud of all the major holiday releases. Read more

Globe and Mail: Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: As well-crafted and sensitive as it is, the movie remains one step removed from inspiration. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A quietly triumphant experience. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, The story of Frank McCourt's triumph makes it to the screen intact. It's the lyricism, the heartbeat, that seem to be missing. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Angela's Ashes doesn't work as entertainment, and since it doesn't cure anything, it can't qualify as medicine, either. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Mostly misses the humor, lyricism and emotional charge of Frank McCourt's magical and magnificent memoir. Read more

Amy Taubin, Village Voice: The film lacks development and dramatic coherence. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Of course, the movie is a thinner version of the novel, but you still get a drama that has you laughing and brokenhearted, often at the same time. Read more