100

Austin Chronicle

For in relating the true story of Conlon's wrongful conviction and 15-year imprisonment, Sheridan has used the tools of the filmmaker to evoke a visceral echo of Conlon's waking nightmare.
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100

Variety

By 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

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Jim Sheridan skillfully interweaves a myriad of subplots and themes into a fast-paced, cohesive whole.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By 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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90

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
In the Name of the Father is as good a compromise of fact and fiction as you could hope for -- and still call it a movie.
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90

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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88

TV Guide

Though the facts have been manipulated in the interests of drama--Gerry and Giuseppe were never imprisoned together, etc.--this has been done in a brave and responsible way, shedding light on an important episode in recent history.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
He gets much of what he wants, but not all of it, and not all of the time - the film is just too eclectic on occasion, a bit jumpy in its tone and its pacing.
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50

USA Today

By 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]
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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