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An American Affair Reviews

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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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 27, 2009
Gretchen Mol, lounging semi-nude as she smokes near an open Georgetown window, would spark any young man's curiosity and recklessness. But the assassination story line is absurd.
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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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 Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 2, 2009
Start to finish, [the film] makes absolutely no sense.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 2, 2009
Painfully contrived
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2009
An unholy genre mutation undreamt of on the isle of Dr. Moreau, An American Affair piggybacks the pubescent sexual awakening sapfest onto the JFK assassination conspiracy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
February 26, 2009
If you can get past the exploitation-of-minors thing, there's a tawdry exuberance to moments like the one in which the twerp and his overage girlfriend drunkenly splash paint on each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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
Mark Peikert
New York Press
February 25, 2009
A cliché-ridden hodgepodge of film genres.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 26, 2009
Sketchily written, clumsily directed and poorly acted, even history-conspiracy aficionados will be left cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 2, 2009
Turns out An American Affair needed more than a name change to save itself from embarrassment.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 27, 2009
Even Oliver Stone would giggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 26, 2009
Did Metcalf spend a weekend watching "Summer of '42" and "JFK" and decide they'd make a good mash-up?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 27, 2009
An implausible drama about some Washington D.C. people plotting around the time of the assassination of JFK.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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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,
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
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