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Avalon (1990)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 2
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 3,143

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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
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On DVD:
Mar 13, 2001
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Avalon

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (4) | DVD (14)

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

July 29, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

A fine film that showcases early Baltimore.

January 1, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Solid Levinson tale, well acted

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Beautiful movie about families and how they can grow apart. Great Thanksgiving day selection!

April 3, 2004
WaffleMovies.com

Typically misdirected Barry Levinson film, but impressively ambitious.

October 15, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A moving look at what has been lost as families have adapted to American life.

April 18, 2003
Nitrate Online

Levinson ends his Baltimore Trilogy in very fine form.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

A richly detailed and lovingly developed film about family feeling written and directed by Barry Levinson.

Full Review… | March 16, 2002
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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.

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Jim Hunter

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½

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

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Dannielle Albert

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