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An American Affair Reviews

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Dan Zak
Washington Post
March 13, 2009
An earnest, fictional coming-of-age story is squeezed from a bitter, true-life local tragedy. And it works.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 27, 2009
A captivating, witty and poignant drama. Gretchen Mol sizzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
February 26, 2009
A flick for Kennedy assassination conspiracy buffs which puts a whole new spin on "the grassy knoll" courtesy of the flamboyance of a nearly-naked Gretchen Mol.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 23, 2009
The reason to see An American Affair is Gretchen Mol.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
February 22, 2009
A dash of Ingmar Bergman and Oliver Stone in this Capitol Hill noir, as kinky DC sexual politics collide with flaky JFK conspiracy theories, and Bay of Pigs CIA boozer masterminds wonder if communists are having more fun.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 18, 2009
The relationship of a 13-year-old innocent with a sophisticated 30-something woman is credible: not so much the political conspiracy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 2, 2011
gets in its own way by not knowing what kind of story it's telling, and by not knowing whose story it's telling
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
July 22, 2009
so absurd and convoluted that even JFK's legacy can't subdue its preposterousness
| Original Score: 1/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
March 13, 2009
Out of its mind at a deep, essential level, An American Affair plays its dubious scenario with a straight face that makes the silly thing quite watchable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 12, 2009
The title sums up the bland, unimaginative and cliche-laden thriller/coming-of-age tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 8, 2009
Before An American Affair is over, you can be sure that Adam will learn a very familiar life lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2009
There are scenes that work here and there, but regrettably not nearly enough to hold the film together. In the end, this affair is definitely not one to remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 2, 2009
Painfully contrived
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 2, 2009
Start to finish, [the film] makes absolutely no sense.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 2, 2009
Turns out An American Affair needed more than a name change to save itself from embarrassment.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 1, 2009
Even the famous M Street stairs from "The Exorcist" are out of place in the climax of this lightweight movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
February 27, 2009
The most compelling moment comes from archival footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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MaryAnn Johanson
Film.com
February 27, 2009
It's all presented so earnestly... that you barely realize at the time how preposterous it all is. Intrigue! Cubans! The Bay of Pigs! JFK! It's the coming-of-age tale filtered through the mind of Oliver Stone,
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 27, 2009
This is not, by any reasonable definition of the term, a professional film, even though several experienced and established actors have been inveigled to inhabit it
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