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August Rush Reviews

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December 28, 2010
Essentially an extended music video, and with about as much narrative weight, August Rush is empty, flat, and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 21, 2007
The leaden script is full of empty romantic pronouncements that sound neither believable nor wondrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 21, 2007
An aggressively bad movie. There are times when it tips the scales of absurdity and becomes almost comical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 21, 2007
It can be admired for trying something a little different from the usual family film, but in the end, it just doesn't work. At all.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 1, 2008
While many films require a suspension of disbelief, August Rush asks viewers to terminate their disbelief without severance and have security escort it from the building.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
November 21, 2007
If sentimentality were a cymbal, it'd be like having a percussionist standing right behind you and crashing every other beat.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 21, 2007
Doesn't take long for the movie to reveal itself as an extremely contrived and predictable movie that tries too hard to tug on the heartstrings.
| Original Score: 3.5/10
November 27, 2007
Even the final few moments, which should have us choking up, seemed hurried and shot from the wrong angles.
November 21, 2007
Its exertions are too obvious, and its story is too contrived for us to swallow it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 8, 2008
"The only thing astounding about this movie is how bad it is."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
November 20, 2007
Heavy-handed, undeniably saccharine, and about as magical as a clown at a kid's party, August Rush is an implausible, pus-covered pixie stick.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 6, 2008
It doesn't matter if you love music or inspirational stories or Robin Williams (anyone?) -- this is enough to make your teeth ache.
November 20, 2007
The abruptness of the picture as it leaps from character to character is unsettling, revealing that either Rush had a 30-hour rough cut or Sheridan just didn't know where to take a stand with the film's focal point.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
November 21, 2007
Before you can say one night stand, a pint sized street urchin is a big city superstar. American Idol for kids.
November 23, 2007
...reeking heap of hogwash...
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 2, 2008
The excellent actors and good music make you think the movie will get better as it progresses, but it never does.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
November 23, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 20, 2007
Kirsten Sheridan, who helped write her father Jim Sheridan's overcooked In America (2003), directs this awful drama, so soggy that her previous work looks positively austere.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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