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August Rush (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Though featuring a talented cast, August Rush cannot overcome the flimsy direction and schmaltzy plot.

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An infant secretly given away by Lyla's father has grown into an unusually gifted child who hears music all around him and can turn the rustling of wind through a wheat field into a beautiful symphony with himself at its center, the composer and conductor. He holds an unwavering belief that his parents are alive and want him as much as he wants them. Determined to search for them, he makes his way to New York City. There, lost and alone, he is beckoned by the guitar music of a street kid playing for change and follows him back to a makeshift shelter in the abandoned Fillmore East Theater, where dozens of children like him live under the protection of the enigmatic Wizard. He picks up a guitar for the first time and unleashes an impromptu performance in his own unique style. Wizard names him August Rush, introduces him to the soul-stirring power of music and begins to draw out his extraordinary talent. Wizard has big plans for the young prodigy but, for August, his music has a more important purpose. He believes that if his parents can hear his music, they will find him. Unbeknownst to August, they have already begun that journey.

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Cast

Freddie Highmore
as Evan Taylor/August Rush
Keri Russell
as Lyla Novacek
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as Louis Connelly
Terrence Howard
as Richard Jeffries
Robin Williams
as Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace
William Sadler
as Thomas Novacek
Marian Seldes
as The Dean
Ronald Guttman
as Professor
Bilal Bishop
as Roller Ball
John Knox
as Club Manager
Amy V. Dewhurst
as Receptionist
Darrie Lawrence
as Old Neighbor
Robert Aberdeen
as Record Executive
Georgia Creighton
as Apartment Owner
Joshua Jaymz Doss
as Orphanage Kid
Craig Johnson (XXXIV)
as Orphanage Boy
Dominic Colón
as Policeman
Zach Page
as Child Guitar Player
Charles Mack
as Gospel Solist
Amma Agyapon
as Gospel Singer
Adia Beckford
as Gospel Singer
Dietrice A. Bolden
as Gospel Singer
Dina Gardener
as Gospel Singer
Luther Isler
as Gospel Singer
Raymond Johnson
as Gospel Singer
Joyce Walker Jospeh
as Gospel Singer
Willana Mack
as Gospel Singer
Lamar Antwon Robinson
as Gospel Singer
Talif Showers
as Gospel Singer
Taylor Carlton
as Gospel Singer
Yvette Bodrick
as Street Sound Circle Member
Crystal A. Elliott
as Street Sound Circle Member
Jindai Joseph
as Street Sound Circle Member
Jacquelen Singleton
as Street Sound Circle Member
Travis Veada
as Street Sound Circle Member
Jasmine Pauline Wigfall
as Street Sound Circle Member
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Critic Reviews for August Rush

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (34)

A music box trying to pass itself off as an orchestra.

May 5, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine
Top Critic

However predictable, a good ol' fashioned happy ending is always welcome. But bring a box of tissues: A good cry is to be expected as well.

Full Review… | December 1, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Even the final few moments, which should have us choking up, seemed hurried and shot from the wrong angles.

November 27, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This inspirational drama gets three stars for oddity value alone.

Full Review… | November 22, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

August Rush will not be for everyone, but it works if you surrender to its lilting and unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry.

November 22, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

Exuberantly bad and strenuously preposterous.

Full Review… | November 21, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for August Rush

½

Touching. Great music.

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

A good hearted film with some great music, great performances, but a very terrible ending that almost ruined it for me.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

½

Now, okay. I understand that this is a film that loves music (and I can see that), but, one problem I have with some films is the crime they commit of taking a plot that has been used over and over again and just rehashes it without adding anything new. Sadly, for August Rush, this is the truth. The acting in this film is, actually wonderful. Freddie Highmore is wonderful as ever, but even his acting can not really save this film. The script is basically a modern telling of Oliver Twist, just added a love of music. Now, if the script only worked on the love of music and cut the rest of it out, then this film would have been better. But, it had to have a sappy love story thrown in. Now, the main reason, if any, to see this film would have to be the film's score. I mean, it is just wonderful to hear all the music in the film and it would have worked well if the film only dealt with Evan (Freddie Highmore) being a music prodigy. Now, the direction of this film is rather slow. I mean, it could have been much faster paced and it does drag for a while. Overall, I only recommend this film if you are into cliche films or just really good film scores.

Zach Brehany
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

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