An American Affair Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 2, 2011
gets in its own way by not knowing what kind of story it's telling, and by not knowing whose story it's telling
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
July 22, 2009
so absurd and convoluted that even JFK's legacy can't subdue its preposterousness
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
March 13, 2009
An earnest, fictional coming-of-age story is squeezed from a bitter, true-life local tragedy. And it works.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
March 13, 2009
Out of its mind at a deep, essential level, An American Affair plays its dubious scenario with a straight face that makes the silly thing quite watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 12, 2009
The title sums up the bland, unimaginative and cliche-laden thriller/coming-of-age tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 8, 2009
Before An American Affair is over, you can be sure that Adam will learn a very familiar life lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2009
There are scenes that work here and there, but regrettably not nearly enough to hold the film together. In the end, this affair is definitely not one to remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 2, 2009
Painfully contrived
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 2, 2009
Start to finish, [the film] makes absolutely no sense.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 2, 2009
Turns out An American Affair needed more than a name change to save itself from embarrassment.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 1, 2009
Even the famous M Street stairs from "The Exorcist" are out of place in the climax of this lightweight movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
February 27, 2009
The most compelling moment comes from archival footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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MaryAnn Johanson
Film.com
February 27, 2009
It's all presented so earnestly... that you barely realize at the time how preposterous it all is. Intrigue! Cubans! The Bay of Pigs! JFK! It's the coming-of-age tale filtered through the mind of Oliver Stone,
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 27, 2009
This is not, by any reasonable definition of the term, a professional film, even though several experienced and established actors have been inveigled to inhabit it
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 27, 2009
It's a good rule of thumb that any film that grandly puts "American" in its title is going to try to make some statements way beyond its pay grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 27, 2009
Even Oliver Stone would giggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 27, 2009
Gretchen Mol, lounging semi-nude as she smokes near an open Georgetown window, would spark any young man's curiosity and recklessness. But the assassination story line is absurd.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 27, 2009
An implausible drama about some Washington D.C. people plotting around the time of the assassination of JFK.
| Original Score: 1/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 27, 2009
A captivating, witty and poignant drama. Gretchen Mol sizzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
February 27, 2009
JFK meets Notes on a Scandal meets Rear Window? An American Affair has some promise and potential, but its main ideas remain messy and undeveloped.
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