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American Pastoral Reviews

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October 17, 2017
The film is a tad too long but nevertheless is well acted and rather moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2017
American Pastoral is boring at best, but it will play well to one audience-white suburban parents.
September 28, 2017
The whole production feels verged on the perch of camp.
September 20, 2017
The film gets to where it's going by the midpoint and then just sits there, grinding your face in its (or Swede's? or Roth's?) hatred of the 1960s.
June 20, 2017
Not only does the book defeat McGregor, the neophyte director; it also defeats McGregor, the accomplished actor.
June 5, 2017
Philip Roth remains without a Nobel and without a film to the height of its work. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 27, 2016
It's far from perfect, but it's not a bad stab at tricky material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 27, 2016
McGregor and Connelly are good as dad and mum, Hannah Nordberg and Dakota Fanning even better as, at different ages, Merry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2016
A film far from perfection, but its visual smoothness and the narrative rhythm of a powerful story allows moments of true inspiration and a heartbreaking beauty. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 19, 2016
McGregor's lack of experience behind camera can be seen in the scarcity of visual resources that replace the vigor of the written language of the novel. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 19, 2016
Despite of being disqualified in a certain way by its difficulty to meet expectations and with some deficiencies, mainly in the performances, I recommend this film. [Full review in Spanish]
December 13, 2016
American Pastoral, the debut film of Ewan McGregor, lacks the brilliance of the Pulitzer-winning novel on which it is based. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 12, 2016
The performances are stilted for the most part, with most scenes feeling melodramatic when meant to be tragic, flat as a pancake when meant to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
December 9, 2016
A film where there is a constant struggle between the original text, the script and the way in which McGregor intervenes but manages to carry it out with sobriety. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 18, 2016
Ewan McGregor chooses an adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for his first directing gig, and it's not a total disaster, especially considering the scale of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 17, 2016
The care and attention Ewan McGregor has given the film is admirable and he deserves credit for giving it his all, but this is a story better read than watched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2016
American Pastoral is a strong reminder that not every book is destined to be translated onto the big screen effectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 13, 2016
It's a competent production with an intriguing trajectory and unsettling, poignant conclusion, but American Pastoral the movie is, like poor Meredith, missing that vital, intangible something.
November 13, 2016
It's honourable, it's well-intentioned, but it's lame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2016
Nothing much happens beyond one defining incident relatively early on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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