American Pastoral Reviews

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July 28, 2019
Love can be the wind in someone's sails or the anchor dragging them down to the bottom of the sea; McGregor wants to explore both sides.
April 17, 2019
McGregor can't quite pull off the cockishness and larger-than-life zeal of a young Swede: he seems already beaten somewhat when we meet him, meaning that his fall into ignominy is less jarring than it should be.
December 27, 2018
...the trouble with American Pastoral is that these individually competent scenes are strung together into an inchoate whole.
August 23, 2018
There are plenty of good scenes, but ultimately American Pastoral is less than the sum of its admirable parts. The story is meant to capture an American event through one man's misadventures, but the overall effect is of a painful melodrama.
August 14, 2018
Quickly dissolves into contrived drama and uneven and skewed character motivations.
August 12, 2018
Fails to suss out Roth's biting Jewish angst and humor.
October 18, 2017
The film is a tad too long but nevertheless is well acted and rather moving.
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]
December 27, 2016
It's far from perfect, but it's not a bad stab at tricky material.
December 27, 2016
McGregor and Connelly are good as dad and mum, Hannah Nordberg and Dakota Fanning even better as, at different ages, Merry.
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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