American Pastoral

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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.

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AMERICAN PASTORAL follows Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father's business. Swede's seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.

Cast

Ewan McGregor
as Swede Levov
Dakota Fanning
as Merry levov
Peter Riegert
as Lou Levov
Rupert Evans
as Jerry Levov
David Strathairn
as Nathan Zuckerman
Uzo Aduba
as Vicky
Molly Parker
as Dr. Sheila Smith
Valorie Curry
as Rita Cohen
Hannah Nordberg
as Merry (12 years old)
Julia Silverman
as Sylvia Levov
Mark Hildreth
as Agent Dolan
Samantha Mathis
as Penny Hamlin
Ocean James
as Merry (8 years old)
David Whalen
as Bill Orcutt
Corrie Danieley
as Jessie Orcutt
David Case
as Russ Hamlin
Max Ivcic
as Hamlin's Son
Brian Knoebel
as Young Guardsman
Peter Gannon
as Police Officer
Emily Peachey
as Hospital Nurse
Carter Ellis
as Guardsman #1
Jennifer Vos
as Sanatorium Nurse
Nick Marzock
as Reunion Singer
Davion Traylor
as Demonstrator #1
Chukky Okobi
as Demonstrator #2
Siovhan Christensen
as Demonstrator #3
Yannick Hogarth
as Demonstrator #4
Justin Lonesome
as Demonstrator #5
Steven Ravid
as Reunion Greeter #1
Ron Emanuel
as Reunion Greeter #2
Kathy Emanuel
as Reunion Greeter #3
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Critic Reviews for American Pastoral

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (91)

  • McGregor and Connelly are good as dad and mum, Hannah Nordberg and Dakota Fanning even better as, at different ages, Merry.

    Dec 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's honourable, it's well-intentioned, but it's lame.

    Nov 13, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It is, however, a heartfelt and painstaking attempt at dealing in filmic terms with the complex and ambiguous subject matter of the book.

    Nov 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ewan McGregor's directorial debut doesn't do justice to Philip Roth's great book.

    Nov 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • McGregor's performance has sincerity of a frowningly oppressive kind, but the whole thing is tinged with self-pity.

    Nov 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Roth's book, which attends with horror and dismay to the forces ripping America apart in the second half of the 20th century, has suffered a treatment that mechanically extracts its guts.

    Nov 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Pastoral

  • 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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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