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American Son Reviews

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David Thomas

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

September 20, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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."

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 74/100

September 8, 2009
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

August 29, 2009
Bill Gibron

American Son is one of the few modern takes on the material that never once apologizes for its warrior-in-waiting.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3/5

August 23, 2009
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 4/5

August 21, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A powerful yet nuanced work

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 8, 2009
Emanuel Levy

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

January 3, 2009
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

This soldier's story proves interesting but insubstantial.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

August 8, 2008
Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
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It may be the first Iraq war-related movie that can equally appeal to both left and right

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 1, 2008
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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Stirringly told, American Son dramatizes a harsh social reality and tributes this nation's fighting force.

January 24, 2008
Eric D. Snider

Blessed with a powerful, honest screenplay.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

January 24, 2008
Justin Chang
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This is conventional dramatic material played with an occasionally heavy hand, but sculpted with care and quiet assurance by helmer Neil Abramson.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2008

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 29, 2008
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