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In America (2003)



Critic Consensus: A rich and moving story about an immigrant family adjusting to life in New York.

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To begin all over again is a classic American dream. But it is remarkably hard to do, as Irish immigrants Johnny and Sarah discover when they hit New York City, with their two spunky young daughters, in the mid-1980s. In pursuit of a dream, the family uses ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life. With no cash to spare, Johnny and Sarah settle into a chaotic New York tenement and attempt to turn the dilapidated setting into a true home. From dragging an iffy-looking air conditioner across Manhattan to finding make-do jobs, nothing comes without a fight for the couple. And yet, as they see America as rife with challenges, dangers and weirdness, their daughters see it as a magical place where anything can happen, a place that might release them from the anguish of what has come before. Then, on Halloween, the girls dare to knock on the door of "the screaming man," a reclusive neighbor named Mateo, and everything changes. As the family heads for a crisis, Mateo becomes their unlikely ally in the territory where hope, faith and even magic hold sway.

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Paddy Considine
as Johnny Sullivan
Samantha Morton
as Sarah Sullivan
Emma Bolger
as Ariel Sullivan
Jer O'Leary
as Thomas Bakewell
Molly Glynn
as Sarah Mateo
Nye Heron
as Blind Man
Sarah James
as Papo's Girlfriend
Sara James
as Papo's Girlfriend
Neal Jones
as Immigration Officer No. 1
Randall Carlton
as Immigration Officer No. 2
Bob Gallico
as Theater Director
Jason Killalee
as Assistant Theater Director
Chary O'Dea
as Mexican Woman With Child
Adrian Martinez
as Shopkeeper
David Wike
as Barker
Guy Carleton
as Man At Fair
Elaine Grollman
as Nun On School Steps
Nick Dunning
as Gynaecologist
Eilish Scanlon
as Nun Playing Piano
Tom Murphy
as Actor In Queue
Des Bishop
as Stockbroker In Taxi
Bernadette Quigley
as Hospital Adminsitrator
Frank Wood
as Paediatrician
Regina Roe
as Administrator/Nurse
Tamla Clarke
as Hospital Receptionist
Nisha Nayar
as Hospice Nurse
Rodrigo Pineda Sanchez
as Mexican Man Guitarist
Gabriela Quintero Lopez
as Mexican Woman Guitarist
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Critic Reviews for In America

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (56)

The feelings Sheridan evokes in the last scenes are earned: they encapsulate the whole story. And they stay with you long after it's over.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Moving but slightly graphic; mature teens only.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The result is a blend of kitchen-sink and magical realism: sentimental, but well acted and freshly observed.

October 17, 2007 | Full Review…

Lovingly shot, with a remarkable debut from Sarah Bolger, who along with sister Emma, gives one of the greatest ever child performances.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The pairing of two brilliant, loose-cannon actors gets the film a long way.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Superbly evokes the depression, anxiety, joy, misery, and aggravation of family life.

May 4, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In America

Does a great job in introducing this lovely Irish family moving to New York with just a handful of scenes. From that point on it's hard not to be moved by the funny and sad things they go through. Awesome acting, especially the two little girls are adorable, Djimon Hounsou is great as always. Wonderful feel-good movie with quite a few really moving scenes.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A touching, moving, deeply personal story of an immigrant Irish family who moves to America searching for happiness and a fresh start despite living in horrible circumstances. Instead of drifting into weepy melodrama where everything horrible that could happen happens, director Jim Sheridan gives this movie such a touch of warmth that it feels more like a surrealistic fairy tale rather than an edgy drama. The results are spectacular, and the acting could not be better, from the stupendous real-life Bolger sisters to the regular powerhouse performance Djimon Hounsou always seems to bring rather effortlessly. A remarkable picture, a positive one, with a tear-jerking finale that does not feel overdone. A movie that I will definitely want to rewatch through the years.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Great child actors, and the rest of the cast are obviously good, but the cheap stupid melodrama of the script will kill your brain cells faster than a bottle of cheap vodka.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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