August Rush Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
December 28, 2010
Essentially an extended music video, and with about as much narrative weight, August Rush is empty, flat, and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
May 5, 2010
A music box trying to pass itself off as an orchestra.
Mike Scott
July 27, 2009
A heartwarming fairy-tale that is undeniably sweet, even if it occasionally crosses over into sappiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Heather Huntington
September 8, 2008
"The only thing astounding about this movie is how bad it is."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 8, 2008
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 1, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
April 17, 2008
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!
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 10, 2008
August Rush kind of feels like a 2-hour coming attractions preview. Lots of fragmented stuff happens, without ever connecting the dots in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 10, 2008
...warmly affecting at times and almost unbearably saccharine at others.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
It doesn't matter if you love music or inspirational stories or Robin Williams (anyone?) -- this is enough to make your teeth ache.
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
More fable than film, there is no earthly reason why August Rush should work. But it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 14, 2008
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
Simon Thompson
Heart 106.2
January 22, 2008
Uplifting and heart warming, this is a perfect date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 21, 2008
A lot like a conventional musical, but the story is not conventional, it is mystically romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 2, 2008
The excellent actors and good music make you think the movie will get better as it progresses, but it never does.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Tennis
December 12, 2007
"August Rush" is a familiar, yet entertaining experience that works mostly because of the wonderful cast and the haunting mix of music.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jennifer Preyss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 1, 2007
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 | Original Score: A-
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
December 1, 2007
If it weren't for the wonderful soundtrack, Nick Castle and James Hart's screenplay wouldn't have made it past the slush pile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
November 29, 2007
Nauseating drama with poor direction, dodgy performances and a sappy, cliche-laden script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 28, 2007
An honorable failure -- maybe even a noble one. Certainly, it's an ambitious one. But it is a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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