ends up being one of the strongest entries in the growing list of films about Iraq even though, ultimately, it probably doesn't belong on that list at all.
| Original Score: 4/5
The sort of movie that folks who are addicted to a Tom Cruise-style action sequence every three minutes might dismiss as one in which "nothing happens."
| Original Score: 74/100
Several anti-war films have come along in the past couple of years calling out the war in Iraq. They've covered various conspiracies, big personalities and the front lines. But, perhaps, none have been as human as Neil Abramson's American Son.
American Son is one of the few modern takes on the material that never once apologizes for its warrior-in-waiting.
| Original Score: 3/5
Meticulously crafted, low-budget, excellently performed character piece that resonates with integrity as it shows us one more example of what an American son looks like.
A powerful yet nuanced work
Though well acted and occasionally poignant, this coming of age story of a black soldier on leave is too familiar and conventional to play in competition in a fest like Sundance.
| Original Score: C+
This soldier's story proves interesting but insubstantial.
It may be the first Iraq war-related movie that can equally appeal to both left and right
Stirringly told, American Son dramatizes a harsh social reality and tributes this nation's fighting force.
Blessed with a powerful, honest screenplay.
| Original Score: B
This is conventional dramatic material played with an occasionally heavy hand, but sculpted with care and quiet assurance by helmer Neil Abramson.
| Original Score: 3.5/5