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An American Rhapsody (2001)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 27

Though obviously a labor of love, American Rhapsody is an uneven, heavy-handed effort, particularly in the second half.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 11

Though obviously a labor of love, American Rhapsody is an uneven, heavy-handed effort, particularly in the second half.



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A true story based on the life story of writer/director Eva Gardos, this film depicts the personal odyssey of a family's escape from Communist Hungary. One night, Margaret (Nastassja Kinski) and Peter (Tony Goldwyn) arrange to escape Hungary with their eldest daughter in tow, forcing them to leave behind their youngest, Suzanne, in the care of Margaret's mother. When the mother is separated from the young child, she goes to live in a peaceful Eastern European countryside with a loving man and



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Jan 22, 2002

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The States becomes an apple-pie wonderland of Elvis and Coca-Cola, the old country either a gray police state or, in scenes of Suzanne's happy childhood, a pastoral haven.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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An American Rhapsody, in its straightforward way, earns its emotions.

September 14, 2001
Boston Globe
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An American Rhapsody speaks from the heart to the heart.

September 7, 2001
Detroit News
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This should be a fascinating story, but An American Rhapsody never develops a melody or a rhythm, much less the epiphany the title suggests.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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The film is never less than engaging.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A story this compelling deserves a better telling.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A heartfelt coming of age tale of an Hungarian-American adolescent, well acted by Scarlett Johansson

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

In spite of the movie's inflated title, writer/director Eva Gardos tells an emotionally charged story of Hungarian immigration that is touching and historically accurate.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

Just another faux-weepy drama told with a standard fetishistic immigrant's sentimentality.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

The 'stranger in a strange land' story has been told many times, in print and on film, but seldom as poignantly.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Begins with harrowing detail but develops gaping holes as a decade and a half of potentially volcanic events and relationships is molded into a 106-minute movie.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A beautiful film that covers the full spectrum of emotions. For the most part, it's convincing and poignant.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Based on director Eva Gardos' own experiences, this film depicts a 15-year-old girl's quest to revisit and come to terms with her past in Hungary.

January 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It's a powerful, affecting portrait of a young woman trying simultaneously to rebel and find her roots.

November 4, 2001
Matt's Movie Reviews

By focusing a little more on people than she does on ideology, director Gardos ends up with a patriotism that seems more honest and compelling.

September 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

There's something about this film that speaks so loudly of real emotions and real events as to transcend all shortcomings.

September 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Most of the movie, unfortunately, lacks emotional power.

September 17, 2001 Full Review Source:

The best little thing in "An American Rhapsody" is the charming performance by Kelly Endresz Banlaki as six-year-old Suzanne.

September 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

..."An American Rhapsody" takes a bumpy road on its way home.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The movie lacks an Act 3.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Comments (2)
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Somewhere in the blurry An American Rhapsody, there's a clear idea for a movie. Or, rather, five movies.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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Audience Reviews for An American Rhapsody

Not a blockbuster, but an interesting true story family drama. The casting director of this movie sure knew talent when they saw it. All throughout the film we are blessed with many up and comings..especially Scarlett Johansson. The movie itself is made-for-tv quality, and slightly better than average.
November 21, 2012

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Based on a true story, An American Rhapsody is an inspiring tale of heroism and self-sacrifice. When a Hungarian family flees to America to escape from the oppressive Communist regime the youngest daughter is separated and left behind, but years later when she is reunited with her family she feels caught between two worlds. Unfortunately, the film is poorly structured and isn't able to build any suspense or momentum. Additionally, the characters aren't developed very well, and never really connect with the audience. So while the story is quite interesting, An American Rhapsody suffers from weak filmmaking.
June 30, 2013
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