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In the Name of the Father Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    84

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    But the filmmakers have invigorated and enriched the story through the use of a thousand details, a strong sense of time and place, outstanding characterizations and a display of energy and cinematic flair that marks an advance on "My Left Foot."

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  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Jim Sheridan skillfully interweaves a myriad of subplots and themes into a fast-paced, cohesive whole.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    But the film's emotional core is father-son reconciliation, and Pete Postlethwaite is very sympathetic as Dad. [29 Dec 1993 Pg. 01.D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie does a harrowing job of showing how, and why, a man might be made to confess to a bombing he didn't commit.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    And, riskiest of all, the film makers eschewed another grainy documentary go at the subject in favor of a movie drama of one of the most compelling true stories of the modern troubles.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Sheridan, however, works with such piercing fervor and intelligence that In the Name of the Father just about transcends its tidy moral design.

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