American Son Reviews

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.
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 11, 2019
American Son is only useful as a tool of assistance for some acting theater school. [Full Review in Spanish]
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 1, 2019
Washington's commitment to her role can't overcome all the shouting obviousness of the script.
November 1, 2019
Almost all the acting here is pointedly overstated, as if the performers are trying to project past an especially long proscenium.
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.
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.
September 10, 2019
Worthy yet heavy-handed, too often coming off as an editorializing lecture or essay in thinly fictionalized form.
September 8, 2019
While the appearance of a fourth character adds much-needed momentum and another layer in the discussion about race, it comes too late.