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Angela's Ashes

HD   R Closed Captioning

Alan Parker

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About the Movie

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir by Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes is an alternately funny and heartbreaking look at growing up in Ireland. Born in Brooklyn, NY, young Frank (Joe Breen) moves at an early age to Limerick, Ireland, with his parents Angela (Emily Watson) and Malachy (Robert Carlyle), who have been unable to support their family in America and are hoping for better prospects in their home country. But things hardly improve once they settle in Limerick; as McCourt puts it, "Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood. Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Illness and death are commonplace in Limerick, and Malachy's drinking and inability to hold a job make matters worse. Angela's Ashes was directed by Alan Parker, who previously looked at Irish life in The Commitments (1991); Laura Jones wrote the screenplay.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 85
  • Fresh: 44
  • Rotten: 41
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The film isn't wrenching enough to do it justice. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Angela's Ashes is the soggiest dud of all the major holiday releases. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: There is in the film a beauty and ambition rare in most current movies. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: There's a compelling momentum to Angela's Ashes, Alan Parker's very faithful, if poetically subordinate, version of McCourt's book, which imposed elegance on squalor and intelligence on the indolence cultivated by poverty. – John Anderson, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A great movie

In school my teacher is having us read the book angelas ashes. The book and the movie are excellent. The story is very inspirational. I reccomend this story to evryone. The movie is great.


I have AP Lang and we have to read this book. It is a very sad book but fun to read. Buy it!

I do NOT regret BUYING this AWESOME movie!

I am PROUD to own this EXCELLENT film!! R.I.P Frank McCourt and THANK YOU for sharing this POWERHOUSE story with all of us!!!

Makes me all the more thankful for what I do have instead of what I don't.