Avalon (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Avalon (1990)




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Barry Levinson's semi-autobiographical film follows the effect of American life on several generations of a Russian immigrant family in Baltimore. The initially strong family comes into conflict when several of the younger family members opt for assimilation and modern life, over the objections of the family's more traditional patriarch.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Barry Levinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Sam Krichinsky
Leo Fuchs
as Hymie Krichinsky
Lou Jacobi
as Gabriel Krichinsky
Joan Plowright
as Eva Krichinsky
Aidan Quinn
as Jules Kaye
Léo L. Fuchs
as Hymie Krichinsky
Kevin Pollak
as Izzy Kirk
Israel Rubinek
as Nathan Krichinsky
Eve Gordon
as Dottie Kirk
Elijah Wood
as Michael Kaye
Grant Gelt
as Teddy Kirk
Jesse Adelman
as Miscellaneous Family...
Shifra Lerer
as Nellie Krichinsky
Mina Bern
as Alice Krichinsky
Herb Levison
as Rabbi at Funeral
Frania Rubinek
as Faye Krichinsky
Neil Kirk
as Herbie
Irv Stein
as Miscellaneous Family...
Sylvia Weinberg
as Mrs. Parkes
Ralph Tabakin
as Principal Dunn
Steve Aronson
as Moving Man
Miles A. Perman
as Gas Attendant
Beatrice Yoffe
as Nursing Home Recepti...
Brian Sher
as Country Club Page
Patrick Flynn
as Fire Chief
Herb Levinson
as Rabbi at Funeral
Paul Quinn
as K & K Employee
Kevin Blum
as Young Jules
Alvin Myerovich
as The Father
Pat Flynn
as Fire Chief
Moishe Rosenfeld
as William as a Young M...
Michael Krauss
as Sam as a Young Man
Michael David Edelst...
as Gabriel as a Young M...
Bernard Hiller
as Hymie as a Young Man
Brian Shait
as Nathan as a Young Ma...
Dawne Hindle
as Eva as a Young Woman
Christine Mosere
as Nellie as a Young Wo...
Anna Bergman
as Alice as a Young Wom...
Mary Lechter
as Faye as a Young Woma...
Barbara Morris
as Mollie as a Young Wo...
Tom Wood
as Michael as an Adult
Christopher James Le...
as Sam, Michael's Son
Ava Eileen Quinn
as David as a Baby
David Thornhill
as David (age 8 months)
Jordan Young
as David (age 10)
Tammy Walker
as Camera Girl
David Long
as TV Commercial Direct...
Brenda Alford
as Night Club Singer
Joy Thomas
as Country Club Singer
James A. Zemarel
as Supper Club Singer
Judy Bach
as Miscellaneous Family...
Alisa Bernstein
as Miscellaneous Family...
Eva Cohen
as Miscellaneous Family...
Josh Lessner
as Miscellaneous Family...
Samantha Shenk
as Miscellaneous Family...
Patty Sherman
as Miscellaneous Family...
Thelma Weiner
as Miscellaneous Family...
Robert Zalkind
as Miscellaneous Family...
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Critic Reviews for Avalon

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 5, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A slow but rewarding drama.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Tracing the fortunes and misfortunes of an extended family of Jewish immigrants, this melancholy memory film is too soft and episodic, lacking the narrative focus of either Diner or Tin Men, which form a trilogy.

Full Review… | May 11, 2006

An overstuffed family drama that's not nearly as magical as it thinks it is.

July 29, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Avalon

An insular Jewish immigrant family adjusts to American life in 1950s Baltimore.
In the sub-genre of film that is "immigrants adjust to American life," a genre that In America dominates, Avalon is not bad. Its elements of magical realism ring false and over-bearing, but the characters are sharply constructed and often interesting. Strong performances by Armin Mueller-Stahl (has he ever given a bad performance) and Aidan Quinn (who has given plenty of bad performances) carry the film despite circular plotlines about who cuts the turkey and when.
Overall, this film is good, but it's nothing to write back to the Motherland about.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Sweet. Realistic. A bit slow, but rich in character and well-acted.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer


Lovely, marvelous little film. A film about nostalgia and the past, so I course I'll love it. It's a little tough on the cultural role of TV, but it argues its case in an interesting way. Great characters, feels like a real family (makes sense since apparently this is based on Levinson's life). The ending is also great (hopeful and sad simultaneously).

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