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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. Read critic reviews

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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
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Kramer Morgenthau
Cinematographer
Melissa Kent
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Lisbeth Scott
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  • American Son doesn't really work as a movie. Its theatricality comes across as forced and curiously inert on screen, at close range to the actors, and its conversations about race and policing in particular feel stilted and contrive

    November 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • "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…

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