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American Pastoral finds debuting director Ewan McGregor's reach exceeding its grasp with a well-intentioned Philip Roth adaptation that retains the form, but little of the function, of its source material. Read critic reviews

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Seymour Swede Levov (Ewan McGregor) is a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), a former beauty queen. When his beloved teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.

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Ewan McGregor
Seymour "Swede" Levov
Rupert Evans
Jerry Levov
Hannah Nordberg
Merry Levov (age 12)
Molly Parker
Dr. Sheila Smith
David Strathairn
Nathan Zuckerman
John Romano
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Eric Reid
Executive Producer
Terry A. McKay
Executive Producer
Martin Ruhe
Cinematographer
Melissa Kent
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  • Nov 23, 2016
    Cheesy, contrived and heavy-handed, it is made even worse by how it shows leftist revolutionaries as insane psychos/imbeciles and by the unsuccessful way it tries to make us sympathize with a passive protagonist who never reacts to what is happening in front of him.
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