August Rush Reviews

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December 12, 2007
"August Rush" is a familiar, yet entertaining experience that works mostly because of the wonderful cast and the haunting mix of music.
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.
December 1, 2007
If it weren't for the wonderful soundtrack, Nick Castle and James Hart's screenplay wouldn't have made it past the slush pile.
November 29, 2007
Nauseating drama with poor direction, dodgy performances and a sappy, cliche-laden script.
November 28, 2007
An honorable failure -- maybe even a noble one. Certainly, it's an ambitious one. But it is a failure.
November 27, 2007
Even the final few moments, which should have us choking up, seemed hurried and shot from the wrong angles.
November 24, 2007
Cloying, annoying, and absurd. And that doesn't even include Robin Williams.
November 24, 2007
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.
November 23, 2007
Watching this yucky emotional drama is like being sprayed with treacle from a high-pressure hose.
November 23, 2007
If you can stomach an ultra- contrived plot with a ridiculously schmaltzy finale, August Rush will be music to your ears.
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.
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.
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.
November 23, 2007
Yes, August Rush is cheesy, almost embarrassingly so, but it's also irrepressibly sweet.
November 23, 2007
November 23, 2007
It doesn't really work, and looks especially messy and corny next to a beautifully simple, music-driven romance like Once.
November 23, 2007
The film-makers ought to be reported to social services.
November 23, 2007
...reeking heap of hogwash...
November 22, 2007
Saying August Rush is contrived is like saying that, in terms of continents, Asia is pretty big.
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