An American Affair Reviews

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Dan Zak
Washington Post
Top Critic
March 13, 2009

An earnest, fictional coming-of-age story is squeezed from a bitter, true-life local tragedy. And it works.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 27, 2009

A captivating, witty and poignant drama. Gretchen Mol sizzles.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
Kam Williams
February 26, 2009

A flick for Kennedy assassination conspiracy buffs which puts a whole new spin on "the grassy knoll" courtesy of the flamboyance of a nearly-naked Gretchen Mol.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
February 23, 2009

The reason to see An American Affair is Gretchen Mol.

Prairie Miller
February 22, 2009

A dash of Ingmar Bergman and Oliver Stone in this Capitol Hill noir, as kinky DC sexual politics collide with flaky JFK conspiracy theories, and Bay of Pigs CIA boozer masterminds wonder if communists are having more fun.

Harvey S. Karten
February 18, 2009

The relationship of a 13-year-old innocent with a sophisticated 30-something woman is credible: not so much the political conspiracy.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Alison Willmore
Time Out
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
July 22, 2009

so absurd and convoluted that even JFK's legacy can't subdue its preposterousness

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
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
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
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
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
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
Top Critic
March 2, 2009

Painfully contrived

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
Top Critic
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
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
February 27, 2009

The most compelling moment comes from archival footage.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Top Critic
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,

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
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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