August Rush Reviews

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September 7, 2011
May 5, 2010
A music box trying to pass itself off as an orchestra.
January 18, 2008
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.
November 27, 2007
Even the final few moments, which should have us choking up, seemed hurried and shot from the wrong angles.
November 23, 2007
Watching this yucky emotional drama is like being sprayed with treacle from a high-pressure hose.
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
Yes, August Rush is cheesy, almost embarrassingly so, but it's also irrepressibly sweet.
November 22, 2007
This inspirational drama gets three stars for oddity value alone.
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.
November 21, 2007
Exuberantly bad and strenuously preposterous.
November 21, 2007
Intended as a fuzzy family fable, August plays more to the gag reflex than to the heart.
November 21, 2007
If it isn't brilliant cinema, it's honest and powerful.
November 21, 2007
[An] inane musical melodrama.
November 21, 2007
Schmaltzy and borderline insufferable.
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.
November 21, 2007
August Rush feels like the cinematic equivalent of being stuffed with fruitcake and doused with a gallon of egg nog.
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.
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.
November 21, 2007
Director Kirsten Sheridan has no interest in keeping August Rush tethered to reality or toning down the sentimentality.
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