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August Rush (2007)

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37

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 78

Though featuring a talented cast, August Rush cannot overcome the flimsy direction and schmaltzy plot.

27

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 24

Though featuring a talented cast, August Rush cannot overcome the flimsy direction and schmaltzy plot.

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An infant secretly given away by Lyla's father has grown into an unusually gifted child who hears music all around him and can turn the rustling of wind through a wheat field into a beautiful symphony with himself at its center, the composer and conductor. He holds an unwavering belief that his parents are alive and want him as much as he wants them. Determined to search for them, he makes his way to New York City. There, lost and alone, he is beckoned by the guitar music of a street kid playing

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Drama, Romance

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Nick Castle Jr., James V. Hart

Mar 11, 2008

$31.5M

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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (78) | DVD (16)

However predictable, a good ol' fashioned happy ending is always welcome. But bring a box of tissues: A good cry is to be expected as well.

December 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Comment (1)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Even the final few moments, which should have us choking up, seemed hurried and shot from the wrong angles.

November 27, 2007 | Comments (4)
Ebert & Roeper
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This inspirational drama gets three stars for oddity value alone.

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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August Rush will not be for everyone, but it works if you surrender to its lilting and unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry.

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Exuberantly bad and strenuously preposterous.

November 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (2)
Toronto Star
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Intended as a fuzzy family fable, August plays more to the gag reflex than to the heart.

November 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (4)
Washington Post
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Essentially an extended music video, and with about as much narrative weight, August Rush is empty, flat, and pointless.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Comment (1)
ComingSoon.net

A music box trying to pass itself off as an orchestra.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comments (4)
Boxoffice Magazine

A heartwarming fairy-tale that is undeniably sweet, even if it occasionally crosses over into sappiness.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Comment (1)
Times-Picayune

"The only thing astounding about this movie is how bad it is."

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

Someone in Hollywood must have it in for Thanksgiving. How else to explain the cruelly timed release of August Rush, a wretched confection that only the most determined will be able to count among their blessings?

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA) | Comments (4)

While many films require a suspension of disbelief, August Rush asks viewers to terminate their disbelief without severance and have security escort it from the building.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC | Comment (1)

Its almost desperate earnestness actually turns out to be its greatest appeal -- August Rush does believe in fairy tales, it does it does it does!

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

August Rush kind of feels like a 2-hour coming attractions preview. Lots of fragmented stuff happens, without ever connecting the dots in between.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Comments (3)
Aisle Seat

...warmly affecting at times and almost unbearably saccharine at others.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It doesn't matter if you love music or inspirational stories or Robin Williams (anyone?) -- this is enough to make your teeth ache.

March 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper | Comment (1)
Washington City Paper

More fable than film, there is no earthly reason why August Rush should work. But it does.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Comment (1)
Colorado Springs Gazette

It's far-fetched and a leap of faith of Olympic proportions is required to keep abreast of the plot, but August Rush does deliver some charming moments, largely due to charismatic performances from Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Uplifting and heart warming, this is a perfect date movie.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Heart 106.2
Heart 106.2

A lot like a conventional musical, but the story is not conventional, it is mystically romantic.

January 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comment (1)
Laramie Movie Scope

The excellent actors and good music make you think the movie will get better as it progresses, but it never does.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comment (1)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

"August Rush" is a familiar, yet entertaining experience that works mostly because of the wonderful cast and the haunting mix of music.

December 12, 2007 Full Review

If it weren't for the wonderful soundtrack, Nick Castle and James Hart's screenplay wouldn't have made it past the slush pile.

December 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Comment (1)
Entertainment Insiders

Nauseating drama with poor direction, dodgy performances and a sappy, cliche-laden script.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

An honorable failure -- maybe even a noble one. Certainly, it's an ambitious one. But it is a failure.

November 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for August Rush

A great, inspiring non-musical movie about music. I have no clue why it gets such bad reviews, because I expect that this is the kind of movie to be remembered for decades to come.
June 15, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

Now, okay. I understand that this is a film that loves music (and I can see that), but, one problem I have with some films is the crime they commit of taking a plot that has been used over and over again and just rehashes it without adding anything new. Sadly, for August Rush, this is the truth. The acting in this film is, actually wonderful. Freddie Highmore is wonderful as ever, but even his acting can not really save this film. The script is basically a modern telling of Oliver Twist, just added a love of music. Now, if the script only worked on the love of music and cut the rest of it out, then this film would have been better. But, it had to have a sappy love story thrown in. Now, the main reason, if any, to see this film would have to be the film's score. I mean, it is just wonderful to hear all the music in the film and it would have worked well if the film only dealt with Evan (Freddie Highmore) being a music prodigy. Now, the direction of this film is rather slow. I mean, it could have been much faster paced and it does drag for a while. Overall, I only recommend this film if you are into cliche films or just really good film scores.
April 29, 2011
Zach Brehany

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    1. Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace: Music is everywhere.
    – Submitted by Almira A (2 years ago)
    1. Louis Connelly: How long you been playing?
    2. Evan Taylor: Six months.
    3. Louis Connelly: Six months? How'd you learn to play like that in six months?
    4. Evan Taylor: Julliard.
    – Submitted by Alex S (2 years ago)
    1. Evan Taylor: Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere. In the wind... in the air... in the light. It's all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do... is listen.
    – Submitted by Milly G (2 years ago)
    1. Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace: I just realized. The harmonica song you hear in the background when the parents first meet is...Yup, the same tune the Wizard plays in the flop house 11 years later... it was him!
    – Submitted by Jeff S (2 years ago)
    1. Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace: You got to love music more than you love food. More than life. More than yourself.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace: You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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