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An American Affair Reviews

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Alison Willmore
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 27, 2009
It's a good rule of thumb that any film that grandly puts "American" in its title is going to try to make some statements way beyond its pay grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 27, 2009
Even Oliver Stone would giggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 27, 2009
Subscribes wholeheartedly to the history-as-pornography school of thinking, in which all will be revealed if you can figure out who is sleeping with whom, when and where and what they do in bed.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Variety
February 27, 2009
The Cuban Missile Crisis is a year passed and the assassination is looming, and yet Adam's pubescent crises are given Wagnerian emphasis.
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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
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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
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
February 24, 2009
Only Noah Wyle, as Adam's unreadable dad, rises above the muck; he deserves his Tarantino-aided resurrection sooner rather than later.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 23, 2009
The reason to see An American Affair is Gretchen Mol.