American Son

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Kerry Washington capably anchors American Son with her nervy turn as a concerned mother, but the staginess of the production ill-serves its heavy-handed social commentary.

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An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.

Cast & Crew

Jeremy Jordan
Larkin
Steven Pasquale
Scott Connor
Eugene Lee
Lt. John Stokes
Rebecca Gold
Producer
Kramer Morgenthau
Cinematographer
Melissa Kent
Film Editor
Lisbeth Scott
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Critic Reviews for American Son

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (13)

  • American Son possesses considerable power in its premise, while wrestling with the claustrophobic aspects of transferring a stage play to the screen. Ultimately, the subject matter wins out, yielding a flawed but brisk 90-minute Netflix presentation.

    November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • Almost all the acting here is pointedly overstated, as if the performers are trying to project past an especially long proscenium.

    November 1, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The next time Netflix goes sniffing around Broadway, it should bring back something with brains to match heart.

    October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

    Andrew Lapin

    NPR
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  • "American Son"... tries very hard to squeeze significance out of every scene. Unfortunately it forgets to tell a story amid all the meaning. Details, details.

    October 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A deafening misfire, like the most unbearable, unwatchable daytime TV soap filled with the most awful self-conscious hamminess, parodic emoting and pointless shouting-at-each-other acting.

    September 11, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Worthy yet heavy-handed, too often coming off as an editorializing lecture or essay in thinly fictionalized form.

    September 10, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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