100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Wondrously emotional film, one that sneakily dismantles your defenses and purges grief you didn't realize you had.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Layered with elements that are both amusing and touching but never threatening to collapse into a big heap of sentimental mush.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
An emotional wipeout.
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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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Has moments of biting tenderness, yet the movie made me wish that Sheridan had let in more of America.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If you're looking for a bit of an uplift, you could do worse among the gloom of so many holiday dramas.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's hard to dislike a film that wants to say that the bereft have to move on with their lives, that death is part of living, and that poverty is a state of mind. But it's not impossible.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.