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America's Heart and Soul

America's Heart and Soul (2004)



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

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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


Documentary, Special Interest

Feb 1, 2005


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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.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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An inspirational and emotionally effective feel-good film.

July 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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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.

July 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Harbors some indelibly arresting images and characters whose stories, even at their most superficial, manage to be authentically inspiring.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
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A big, beautiful love letter to America.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

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

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source:

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

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

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

July 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source:

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

July 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

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.

July 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

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

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

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

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

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

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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