American Son Reviews

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January 23, 2020
American Son has all the subtlety and nuance of Driving Miss Daisy (which is to say almost none), albeit with a more interesting and complex message.
December 28, 2019
American Son may not be a groundbreaking piece of filmmaking, but that's not what it was meant to be either. The film is a transformative adaptation that attempts to elevate elements of its original source material through the cinematic medium.
November 25, 2019
The film presents no clear answers, never lets up on the intensity, and provides no true comfort. It is not a movie for casual viewing, but aims to make you uncomfortable and affected.
November 25, 2019
A play that needs another week of out of town tryouts...it never gets 'on its feet.'
November 25, 2019
Racism, parental dependence, heartbreak and police abuse are the issues American Son addresses in its hour and a half. But what may seem little... can be a lot if there is no rhythm and the dialogues are cumbersome. [Full review in Spanish]
November 21, 2019
A slightly behind-the-times but nevertheless compelling comment on race relations.
November 13, 2019
'American Son' is a film that will leave parents with questions about their own effectiveness, and also with an uncontrollable urge to find out where the teenagers are right now.
November 11, 2019
American Son is only useful as a tool of assistance for some acting theater school. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 7, 2019
Flawed as it is, American Son is a vital conversation starter, as it explores the racially mine-sown landscape many of us walk through daily.
November 4, 2019
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 2, 2019
Kenny Leon's 'American Son' gets real about societal constructs and implicit racial bias
November 1, 2019
Washington's commitment to her role can't overcome all the shouting obviousness of the script.
November 1, 2019
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
Almost all the acting here is pointedly overstated, as if the performers are trying to project past an especially long proscenium.
November 1, 2019
This one is all about hard truths...a work of art that is riveting in its own taut way.
Top Critic
October 31, 2019
The next time Netflix goes sniffing around Broadway, it should bring back something with brains to match heart.
October 31, 2019
"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
Kerry Washington is a force of nature. [Full review in Spanish]
September 19, 2019
As a film that will leave you thinking about it for days to come, with a powerhouse performance by Washington, American Son is a film that truly must be seen.
September 11, 2019
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.
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