August Rush


August Rush

Critics Consensus

Though featuring a talented cast, August Rush cannot overcome the flimsy direction and schmaltzy plot.



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An infant secretly given away by Lyla's father has grown into an unusually gifted child who hears music all around him and can turn the rustling of wind through a wheat field into a beautiful symphony with himself at its center, the composer and conductor. He holds an unwavering belief that his parents are alive and want him as much as he wants them. Determined to search for them, he makes his way to New York City. There, lost and alone, he is beckoned by the guitar music of a street kid playing for change and follows him back to a makeshift shelter in the abandoned Fillmore East Theater, where dozens of children like him live under the protection of the enigmatic Wizard. He picks up a guitar for the first time and unleashes an impromptu performance in his own unique style. Wizard names him August Rush, introduces him to the soul-stirring power of music and begins to draw out his extraordinary talent. Wizard has big plans for the young prodigy but, for August, his music has a more important purpose. He believes that if his parents can hear his music, they will find him. Unbeknownst to August, they have already begun that journey.


Freddie Highmore
as Evan Taylor/August Rush
Keri Russell
as Lyla Novacek
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as Louis Connelly
Terrence Howard
as Richard Jeffries
Robin Williams
as Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace
William Sadler
as Thomas Novacek
Marian Seldes
as The Dean
Ronald Guttman
as Professor
Becki Newton
as Jennifer
Bilal Bishop
as Roller Ball
John Knox
as Club Manager
Amy V. Dewhurst
as Receptionist
Darrie Lawrence
as Old Neighbor
Robert Aberdeen
as Record Executive
Georgia Creighton
as Apartment Owner
Joshua Jaymz Doss
as Orphanage Kid
Craig Johnson (XXXIV)
as Orphanage Boy
Dominic Colón
as Policeman
Zach Page
as Child Guitar Player
Charles Mack
as Gospel Solist
Amma Agyapon
as Gospel Singer
Adia Beckford
as Gospel Singer
Dietrice A. Bolden
as Gospel Singer
Dina Gardener
as Gospel Singer
Luther Isler
as Gospel Singer
Raymond Johnson
as Gospel Singer
Joyce Walker Jospeh
as Gospel Singer
Willana Mack
as Gospel Singer
Lamar Antwon Robinson
as Gospel Singer
Talif Showers
as Gospel Singer
Taylor Carlton
as Gospel Singer
Yvette Bodrick
as Street Sound Circle Member
Crystal A. Elliott
as Street Sound Circle Member
Jindai Joseph
as Street Sound Circle Member
Jacquelen Singleton
as Street Sound Circle Member
Travis Veada
as Street Sound Circle Member
Jasmine Pauline Wigfall
as Street Sound Circle Member
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  • Jan 15, 2016
    A very nice little movie with a great message. I love how this kid sees music in's really cool. I know what that's like sometimes to some extent, finding a soundtrack to everyday life. Although obviously, August sees and hears this to a much greater degree than anyone else lol. Anyway, this is worth a watch.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2012
    I enjoyed this wonderful film that is about lost people trying to find each other. I think the jaded critics are way off on their reviews of this romantic, family friendly film.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A good hearted film with some great music, great performances, but a very terrible ending that almost ruined it for me.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2011
    A good hearted film with some great music, great performances, but a very terrible ending that almost ruined it for me.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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