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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Barry Levinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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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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