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America's Heart and Soul Reviews

August 13, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 20, 2004
Read More | Original Score: B
July 12, 2004
An inspirational and emotionally effective feel-good film.
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-
July 2, 2004
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.
July 2, 2004
Harbors some indelibly arresting images and characters whose stories, even at their most superficial, manage to be authentically inspiring.
July 2, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2004
A pleasing visual treat.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2004
The kind of film that might play on a loop at a county fair's Americana exhibit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 2, 2004
Disheartening & Soulless is really a better title for this empty exercise in boosterism.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 2, 2004
America's Heart & Soul is as one-sided as Fahrenheit 9/11 -- just minus Moore's occasional humor and constant passion.
July 2, 2004
Watching this film from veteran commercial director and cinematographer Louis Schwartzberg is like being subjected to an endless ad for Coke or insurance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 2, 2004
This film might work OK as a holiday TV special, but anyone who spends eight bucks on it is bound to end up cranky and disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 2, 2004
Though none of these vignettes are long and some last only seconds, the movie felt endless.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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.
Read More | Original Score: D
July 2, 2004
Essentially a feature-length TV commercial featuring glossy images of people at work and at play.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 2, 2004
It's pretty darn good and more than a little inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
July 1, 2004
Schwartzberg has captured a sense of the country's grandeur and in doing so has created a splendid backdrop for the approximately 30 Americans plus various organizations he focuses on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2004
A lot of this activity looks like a way to escape contemporary America rather than celebrate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 1, 2004
Beneath its glossy surface, this unabashedly feel-good movie is full of substance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2004
A pumped-up, plotless montage of extraordinary landscapes, colorful wildlife, and interesting people performing feats of derring-do.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 1, 2004
Schwartzberg hears America singing, and the cacophony of sugary, inspirational sentiments would make Walt Whitman vomit in his grave.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 1, 2004
A visual treat with the sweep and canvas of an IMAX film, the movie, all shot before Sept. 11, 2001, explodes like a chrysanthemum fireworks shell with red, white and blue stars.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 1, 2004
Forget about Prozac; you can't watch more than a few minutes of this without having your spirits lifted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 30, 2004
Will appeal primarily to those who like their armchair adventures picture-postcard pristine and sprinkled with touches of proud self-sufficiency.
June 30, 2004
Louis Schwartzberg both surprises and frustrates with this schizophrenic feature debut.
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.
June 29, 2004
The film would make a better fit on television or at one of Disney's theme parks.