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America's Heart and Soul Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 2, 2004
Four stars to the subjects of this movie, and two stars to the way they have been boiled down into cute pictures and sound bites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 29, 2004
The film would make a better fit on television or at one of Disney's theme parks.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 5, 2004
Singing a few rounds of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is much more stirring, and doesn't take nearly as long.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
August 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 2, 2004
After a while America's Heart & Soul turns into an offensive parade of smiling poor people.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 2, 2004
America's Heart and Soul is a celebration of freedom and individualism that presents a startling expose of our moral blindness.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 2, 2004
It's... all slo-mo stars-and-stripes in the warm breeze of apple-pie freedom and the golden light of soft-focus diversity. We're the best!
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 1, 2004
Schwartzberg hears America singing, and the cacophony of sugary, inspirational sentiments would make Walt Whitman vomit in his grave.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2004
A pumped-up, plotless montage of extraordinary landscapes, colorful wildlife, and interesting people performing feats of derring-do.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 2, 2004
The movie is rigged to hit so many folks' personal high notes that it seems a little shrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 2, 2004
Depth, complexity, questions, expanse of feeling -- these are things that make America great. How terrible that a film called America's Heart and Soul missed both those elements.
| Original Score: D
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 2, 2004
America's Heart & Soul is as one-sided as Fahrenheit 9/11 -- just minus Moore's occasional humor and constant passion.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 9, 2004
In this film even homeless people have something positive to say about the country.
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
July 1, 2004
The snapshots can be heartwarming, but the film would be better suited for a Hallmark Channel special or, better, a Disneyland theme-park attraction.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
June 30, 2004
Louis Schwartzberg both surprises and frustrates with this schizophrenic feature debut.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
June 29, 2004
As platitudinous subjects jaw off and amber grain duly waves, ersatz cowboys, car decorators, salsa dancers, and steel workers praise tradition and values with Coke-ad fervor.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 29, 2004
America's Heart & Soul could just as easily be called Stock Footage: The Movie.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 29, 2004
A pretty but platitudinous paean to American freedom and diversity in which never is heard a discouraging word.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 1, 2004
America's Heart & Soul feels like nothing more than a conservative-sanctioned propaganda piece meant to inspire a sort of dubious, two-dimensional patriotism.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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