America's Heart and Soul


America's Heart and Soul (2004)


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Directed by filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg, America's Heart and Soul traverses across thousands of miles of American soil in an effort to showcase not just the beauty of the land, but the very soul of the United States -- its people. Exploring groups from American Indians to generation-spanning farming families, Schwartzberg endeavors to capture the stories of an extremely diverse population in hopes of displaying their common American dreams and values. Billed as a celebration of the country as told by its people, the documentary also includes the stories of several steel workers, car-show attendees, religious figures, and over 20 other unique individuals.

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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (31)

Even if [Schwartzberg's] choices feel somewhat clichéd, there's no doubting the spirit of his subjects, who seem genuinely proud to share their thoughts and feelings for a few, too brief moments.

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4

An inspirational and emotionally effective feel-good film.

Jul 12, 2004

Less evocative and honest in all its 88 minutes than, say, just one of the throwaway establishing shots of Angela Arenivar's dusty Texas-panhandle hometown in last year's Spellbound, a true American movie with a lot more heart and soul.

Jul 7, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Even though, at times, Schwartzberg's documentary exalts the American way of life with the mythical reverence of a Leni Riefenstahl, the experience is undeniably stirring.

Jul 2, 2004 | Full Review…

Harbors some indelibly arresting images and characters whose stories, even at their most superficial, manage to be authentically inspiring.

Jul 2, 2004 | Full Review…

Though America's Heart & Soul doesn't break new ground, its apolitical tone and diverse cast may be a tonic for those tired of our country's divisive climate.

Jul 2, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
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