An American Rhapsody Reviews

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January 16, 2003
Just another faux-weepy drama told with a standard fetishistic immigrant's sentimentality.
October 29, 2002
The States becomes an apple-pie wonderland of Elvis and Coca-Cola, the old country either a gray police state or, in scenes of Suzanne's happy childhood, a pastoral haven.
October 10, 2002
Begins with harrowing detail but develops gaping holes as a decade and a half of potentially volcanic events and relationships is molded into a 106-minute movie.
September 17, 2001
Most of the movie, unfortunately, lacks emotional power.
September 13, 2001
The best little thing in "An American Rhapsody" is the charming performance by Kelly Endresz Banlaki as six-year-old Suzanne.
September 10, 2001
..."An American Rhapsody" takes a bumpy road on its way home.
September 7, 2001
This should be a fascinating story, but An American Rhapsody never develops a melody or a rhythm, much less the epiphany the title suggests.
September 7, 2001
The movie lacks an Act 3.
September 6, 2001
Somewhere in the blurry An American Rhapsody, there's a clear idea for a movie. Or, rather, five movies.
August 31, 2001
A story this compelling deserves a better telling.
August 29, 2001
Two-thirds of the way through, it falls apart into TV-movie -of-the -week land, even with the rhapsodic Nastassja Kinski in the lead.
August 28, 2001
This 'Rhapsody'...would have seemed a maudlin, musty composition even back in the fifties.
August 27, 2001
Over-burdened vignettes that among them share only a desire to manufacture unearned pathos and manipulate events towards the most expedient solution.
August 24, 2001
A near-great film for about an hour that changes into a self-indulgent mess.
August 24, 2001
A melancholy, unsatisfying film.
August 24, 2001
A bland Hallmark card that serves as a tired tribute to family fortitude.
August 17, 2001
Simultaneously poignant and heavy-handed, sentimental and sententious.
August 17, 2001
The movie is a little crude for the subtlety of the emotions it plays with.
August 17, 2001
Like a heartfelt synopsis of every standardized, TV-bio drama that sets your goodwill racing against boredom.
August 10, 2001
No filmmaker would build a story this unusual from scratch and then treat it so reverently without any style, humor or, at least, idiosyncratic observations.
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