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Based on 12 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    An American Affair is sordid business blandly portrayed and not worth meddling with. show more

  • NA
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I have no idea how such shameless prattle found its way to the screen. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This is one of those films in which almost every element is done in such an embarrassingly amateurish way, you want to put it out of its misery. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A coming-of-age tale and a JFK assassination conspiracy movie. The first half of that equation works nicely...But the assassination story line is absurd. show more

  • 30
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Hard to say what's dumber, the premise or the characters in William Olsson's trashily preposterous An American Affair. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Even Oliver Stone would giggle at the notion that the CIA couldn't reach JFK through any means except via one of his blond playmates. show more

  • 70
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    The reason to see An American Affair is Gretchen Mol. She has a mild, natural way of holding herself that's likably unactressy--in every film, she seems both smart and grounded. show more

  • 70
    Washington Post

    The film rises above its conventions. Just when it seems to be a fable of sexual initiation, An American Affair pivots away from sex. Just when it seems to be a re-dredging of the Kennedy mystique, it pushes past history. Thoughtfully and imperfectly, it dramatizes the flight from childhood, the surrender to adulthood and the pieces of us that survive. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    Only Noah Wyle, as Adam's unreadable dad, rises above the muck; he deserves his Tarantino-aided resurrection sooner rather than later. show more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times

    A mess of a film that can't quite figure out what it wants to be: an illicit love story, a political thriller or a coming-of-age set piece show more

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