August Rush Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
January 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Jennifer Preyss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 1, 2007
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 | Original Score: A-
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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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2007
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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
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 21, 2007
Exuberantly bad and strenuously preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 21, 2007
Intended as a fuzzy family fable, August plays more to the gag reflex than to the heart.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 21, 2007
If it isn't brilliant cinema, it's honest and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Pam Grady
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2007
[An] inane musical melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 21, 2007
Schmaltzy and borderline insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 21, 2007
It would be nice to say this predictable fantasy has such a big heart, we can forgive its excesses. But director Kirsten Sheridan overplays nearly every already-corny scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2007
August Rush feels like the cinematic equivalent of being stuffed with fruitcake and doused with a gallon of egg nog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 21, 2007
The goal is to drive mothers everywhere insane with the urge to rescue him and brush his hair (or the other way around), and in my case it worked.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2007
It's hard to believe in the magical power of music to heal and connect lost souls when the tunes are lame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 21, 2007
Director Kirsten Sheridan has no interest in keeping August Rush tethered to reality or toning down the sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2007
It tries very hard to be fanciful, lyrical, sentimental, magical, rapturous, romantic, heartwarming, tear-jerking and inspiring. The result, however, is a goulash of half-baked bathos.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2007
I dislike sentimentality where it doesn't belong, but there's something brave about the way August Rush declares itself and goes all the way with coincidence, melodrama and skillful tear-jerking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2007
An exercise in dissonance.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 21, 2007
If August Rush is a fairy tale, it's an excruciatingly, sometimes hilariously oblivious one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 21, 2007
We need to break out a whole new definition of cheesiness for a film like this, augmented by fake tears and vomit gestures.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 21, 2007
This is the sort of movie that requires you not only to suspend disbelief, but to check your sanity at the ticket counter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 21, 2007
To describe August Rush as a piece of shameless hokum doesn't quite do justice to the potentially shock-inducing sugar content of this contemporary fairy tale.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Entertainment Weekly
November 21, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 20, 2007
For all its patently absurd situations, its occasionally cloying characters and its naked tugs at the old heartstrings, August Rush still finds a way, every so often, of dropping a lump into your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 20, 2007
If Charles Dickens were alive today, he might be writing projects like August Rush, the unabashedly sentimental tale of a plucky orphan lad who falls in with streetwise urchins as he seeks the family he ought to have.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
November 20, 2007
It's an unabashed feel-good weeper, and those eager for that type of fare might as well settle for this one. But an equal number will be put off by the bad dialogue, transparent manipulation and saccharine overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2007
With its musical themes for individual characters that come together symphonically at the climax, the music is so persuasive that it carries the narrative rather than complementing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Suzanne Condie Lambert
Arizona Republic
November 20, 2007
Director Kirsten Sheridan's new film is August Rush. But she might as well have named it Oliver! 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 20, 2007
The kind of fairy tale that makes Cinderella look like kitchen-sink realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2007
An often charming urban fantasy that teeters perilously on the brink of preciousness but never quite topples over.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
October 23, 2007
Many of the so-called twists feel strained, though preteens are unlikely to complain, and there's nothing here to really frighten an even younger crowd.