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America's Heart and Soul (2004)

America's Heart and Soul


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 33

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 78


Movie Info

Directed by filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg, America's Heart and Soul traverses across thousands of miles of American soil in an effort to showcase not just the beauty of the land, but the very soul of the United States -- its people. Exploring groups from American Indians to generation-spanning farming families, Schwartzberg endeavors to capture the stories of an extremely diverse population in hopes of displaying their common American dreams and values. Billed as a celebration of the country as … More

PG (for mild thematic elements)
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Feb 1, 2005
Box Office:
Buena Vista - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for America's Heart and Soul

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (33) | DVD (5)

Even if [Schwartzberg's] choices feel somewhat clichéd, there's no doubting the spirit of his subjects, who seem genuinely proud to share their thoughts and feelings for a few, too brief moments.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

An inspirational and emotionally effective feel-good film.

Full Review… | July 12, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Less evocative and honest in all its 88 minutes than, say, just one of the throwaway establishing shots of Angela Arenivar's dusty Texas-panhandle hometown in last year's Spellbound, a true American movie with a lot more heart and soul.

Full Review… | July 7, 2004
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Even though, at times, Schwartzberg's documentary exalts the American way of life with the mythical reverence of a Leni Riefenstahl, the experience is undeniably stirring.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Harbors some indelibly arresting images and characters whose stories, even at their most superficial, manage to be authentically inspiring.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Though America's Heart & Soul doesn't break new ground, its apolitical tone and diverse cast may be a tonic for those tired of our country's divisive climate.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004
USA Today
Top Critic

A big, beautiful love letter to America.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

Forget reality television. This is reality and it's all about people who don't need a head shot to validate their existence.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

... a whirlwind tour of the nation through the romantic, colorful, gravity-defying cinematography of director Louis Schwartzberg.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

a mixture of laughter, awe, admiration, and poignancy.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004

For an episodic film, America's Heart and Soul is fast-paced and often downright exciting.

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
Film Journal International

In this film even homeless people have something positive to say about the country.

Full Review… | July 9, 2004

A place where nobody watches TV, criminals are rehabilitated, and everyone's life has meaning

Full Review… | July 7, 2004
Movie Habit

We watch movies every day that celebrate violence, sex, and crude humor. Now, here's the chance to watch a movie that powerfully presents something worth celebrating: us.

Full Review… | July 6, 2004

Singing a few rounds of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is much more stirring, and doesn't take nearly as long.

Full Review… | July 5, 2004

A clip package of interesting snapshots of landscapes and people whirled by fast enough to look like something meaningful, but essentially no more interesting that a neighbor's vacation video.

Full Review… | July 4, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

If you need a break from all the chatter about Iraq and Michael Moore's latest film, give America's Heart and Soul a try.

Full Review… | July 3, 2004
San Diego Metropolitan

After a while America's Heart & Soul turns into an offensive parade of smiling poor people.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

You'll laugh, cry, feel inspired by these Americans from every corner.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004

Full of pretty pictures and soaring music, but shy on substance.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004
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