America's Heart and Soul Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
A big, beautiful love letter to America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today
September 1, 2006
Forget reality television. This is reality and it's all about people who don't need a head shot to validate their existence.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
... a whirlwind tour of the nation through the romantic, colorful, gravity-defying cinematography of director Louis Schwartzberg.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
September 24, 2004
a mixture of laughter, awe, admiration, and poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 13, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
For an episodic film, America's Heart and Soul is fast-paced and often downright exciting.
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 12, 2004
An inspirational and emotionally effective feel-good film.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 9, 2004
In this film even homeless people have something positive to say about the country.
Top Critic
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2004
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 | Original Score: B-
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
July 7, 2004
A place where nobody watches TV, criminals are rehabilitated, and everyone's life has meaning
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Carroll
FilmStew.com
July 6, 2004
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 | Original Score: B+
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 5, 2004
Singing a few rounds of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is much more stirring, and doesn't take nearly as long.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
July 4, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 3, 2004
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 2, 2004
After a while America's Heart & Soul turns into an offensive parade of smiling poor people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
July 2, 2004
You'll laugh, cry, feel inspired by these Americans from every corner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 2, 2004
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.
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 2, 2004
Harbors some indelibly arresting images and characters whose stories, even at their most superficial, manage to be authentically inspiring.
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 2, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 2, 2004
Full of pretty pictures and soaring music, but shy on substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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