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August Rush Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/10

December 28, 2010
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

May 5, 2010
Mike Scott

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

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 27, 2009
Heather Huntington

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/10

September 8, 2008
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

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?

Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

May 8, 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 Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 1/5

May 1, 2008
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

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 Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

April 17, 2008
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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 Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 10, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

March 10, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

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

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

March 6, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette

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

Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Original Score: 6/10

February 28, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 14, 2008
Simon Thompson
Heart 106.2

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

Full Review Source: Heart 106.2 | Original Score: 8/10

January 22, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 21, 2008
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C

January 2, 2008
Roger Tennis

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

December 12, 2007
Jennifer Preyss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

December 1, 2007
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders

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 Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2/4

December 1, 2007
Matthew Turner

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

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 1/5

November 29, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

November 28, 2007
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