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American Pastime Reviews

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
November 15, 2007
American Pastime asks what it truly means to be an American. What better question to ask these days?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2007
A moving, heartfelt drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 12, 2007
The historical elements -- particularly those that deal with Japanese internment camps during World War II -- definitely make the movie worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 24, 2010
Full of interesting characters and placed in a charged setting, but the preachy and obvious spin it takes is ultimately melodramatic and predictable.
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
June 9, 2007
While everything else about Pastime is very good, it's all rooted in a mediocre screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
May 16, 2007
While historically sensitive and thought-provoking, the film has serious flaws. The story line is scattered and the direction uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 11, 2007
American Pastime's inclusive, forgiving message could hardly be more admirable. It could have been more exciting, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
May 10, 2007
With such rich material about dreams deferred, it's disheartening that co-writer-director Desmond Nakano's nobly made but patchy drama mires itself in nostalgia tropes and storytelling clichés.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 13, 2007
Rich period detail and solid performances by [Aaron] Yoo and Gary Cole.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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