Jul 6, 2019
Lay(s) on the saccharine schmaltz in broad, simplistic layers.
Mar 15, 2018
A story that could steal the hearts of millions but fails in the attempt... [Full review in Spanish]
Dec 28, 2010
Essentially an extended music video, and with about as much narrative weight, August Rush is empty, flat, and pointless.
May 5, 2010
A music box trying to pass itself off as an orchestra.
Sep 8, 2008
"The only thing astounding about this movie is how bad it is."
May 8, 2008
Someone in Hollywood must have it in for Thanksgiving. How else to explain the cruelly timed release of August Rush, a wretched confection that only the most determined will be able to count among their blessings?
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.
Mar 10, 2008
August Rush kind of feels like a 2-hour coming attractions preview. Lots of fragmented stuff happens, without ever connecting the dots in between.
Mar 10, 2008
...warmly affecting at times and almost unbearably saccharine at others.
Mar 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.
Jan 2, 2008
The excellent actors and good music make you think the movie will get better as it progresses, but it never does.
Dec 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.
Nov 29, 2007
Nauseating drama with poor direction, dodgy performances and a sappy, cliche-laden script.
Nov 28, 2007
An honorable failure -- maybe even a noble one. Certainly, it's an ambitious one. But it is a failure.
Nov 27, 2007
Even the final few moments, which should have us choking up, seemed hurried and shot from the wrong angles.
Nov 24, 2007
Cloying, annoying, and absurd. And that doesn't even include Robin Williams.
Nov 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.
Nov 23, 2007
Watching this yucky emotional drama is like being sprayed with treacle from a high-pressure hose.
Nov 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.
Nov 23, 2007