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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 21, 2007

The leaden script is full of empty romantic pronouncements that sound neither believable nor wondrous.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
November 21, 2007

An aggressively bad movie. There are times when it tips the scales of absurdity and becomes almost comical.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Pete Hammond
November 21, 2007

It can be admired for trying something a little different from the usual family film, but in the end, it just doesn't work. At all.

| Original Score: 2/5
Alonso Duralde
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 22, 2007

All this could totally happen, just like an oak tree might spurt out of the ground to start singing and dancing, the Arizona Cardinals could win the next 50 Super Bowls.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
November 21, 2007

If sentimentality were a cymbal, it'd be like having a percussionist standing right behind you and crashing every other beat.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Edward Douglas
November 21, 2007

Doesn't take long for the movie to reveal itself as an extremely contrived and predictable movie that tries too hard to tug on the heartstrings.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
November 27, 2007

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

Eric D. Snider
November 21, 2007

Its exertions are too obvious, and its story is too contrived for us to swallow it.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Heather Huntington
September 8, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Bill Gibron
November 20, 2007

Heavy-handed, undeniably saccharine, and about as magical as a clown at a kid's party, August Rush is an implausible, pus-covered pixie stick.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.

Brian Orndorf
November 20, 2007

The abruptness of the picture as it leaps from character to character is unsettling, revealing that either Rush had a 30-hour rough cut or Sheridan just didn't know where to take a stand with the film's focal point.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Prairie Miller
November 21, 2007

Before you can say one night stand, a pint sized street urchin is a big city superstar. American Idol for kids.

Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 23, 2007

...reeking heap of hogwash...

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Cole Smithey
November 23, 2007

A perfect example of everything wrong about Hollywood films, "August Rush" is an obstinately perverse, hammy piece of instant-gratification cinema that weeps from the screen as so much emotional sludge.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Marder
November 23, 2007

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 20, 2007

Kirsten Sheridan, who helped write her father Jim Sheridan's overcooked In America (2003), directs this awful drama, so soggy that her previous work looks positively austere.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
November 16, 2007

Slant Magazine
November 17, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
November 24, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
February 22, 2008

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008

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