August Rush (2007)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for some thematic elements, mild violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Nick Castle Jr., James V. Hart, Jim V. Hart, Kirsten Sheridan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 11, 2008
Box Office: $31.5M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for August Rush

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Even the final few moments, which should have us choking up, seemed hurried and shot from the wrong angles.

November 27, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Essentially an extended music video, and with about as much narrative weight, August Rush is empty, flat, and pointless.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010

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

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | July 27, 2009

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

Full Review… | September 8, 2008

Audience Reviews for August Rush


Touching. Great music.

Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

A good hearted film with some great music, great performances, but a very terrible ending that almost ruined it for me.

Jim Careter

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.

Zach Brehany
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

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