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August Rush Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2007
Even the final few moments, which should have us choking up, seemed hurried and shot from the wrong angles.
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
November 24, 2007
Cloying, annoying, and absurd. And that doesn't even include Robin Williams.
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Cole Smithey
November 23, 2007
A perfect example of everything wrong about Hollywood films, "August Rush" is an obstinately perverse, hammy piece of instant-gratification cinema that weeps from the screen as so much emotional sludge.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Peter Bradshaw
November 23, 2007
Watching this yucky emotional drama is like being sprayed with treacle from a high-pressure hose.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

The Sun (UK)
November 23, 2007
If you can stomach an ultra- contrived plot with a ridiculously schmaltzy finale, August Rush will be music to your ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
November 23, 2007
A show-stopping compendium of clichés, bogus emotions, duff dialogue and cringeworthy performances. Yet it's so naively idiotic that it's hard to hate. Better just to ignore it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 23, 2007
Passionate about the importance of music, August Rush is an ambitious family film that just about keeps its head above the rising waters of gushing sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob James
Total Film
November 23, 2007
Packing every cliché, coincidence and contrivance known to man (well, Hollywood screenwriters) into one glossy, saccharine, syrupy package takes some doing; but Highmore's open-faced charm makes Evan's sappy story tolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fairn Roberts
November 23, 2007
Yes, August Rush is cheesy, almost embarrassingly so, but it's also irrepressibly sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
November 23, 2007
It doesn't really work, and looks especially messy and corny next to a beautifully simple, music-driven romance like Once.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 23, 2007
The film-makers ought to be reported to social services.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 23, 2007
...reeking heap of hogwash...
| Original Score: 1/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 22, 2007
Saying August Rush is contrived is like saying that, in terms of continents, Asia is pretty big.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 22, 2007
That Robin Williams' character turns out to be a controlling bully is one of the picture's few surprises; everything else falls neatly into place, thanks to a script that needs about 128 coincidences to retain its forward momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 22, 2007
This inspirational drama gets three stars for oddity value alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 22, 2007
All this could totally happen, just like an oak tree might spurt out of the ground to start singing and dancing, the Arizona Cardinals could win the next 50 Super Bowls.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
November 22, 2007
Heart-warming, life-affirming fantasy - a magical, musical adventure, geared for families
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 22, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
November 22, 2007
Pandering to the point of offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 21, 2007
Seems to want to wear its schmaltz on its breast pocket as if it were a medal of honor.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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