American Son Reviews

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.
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 5, 2019
An intimate, affecting dramatization of a nationwide crisis.