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Based on 22 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    They don't get more frustrating than American Rhapsody, a near-great film for about an hour that changes into a self-indulgent mess. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Heartfelt but often plodding and awkward, the movie feels like a somewhat subpar Sunday night TV movie. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Nastassja Kinski, in one of her most affecting performances, does much to convey the turmoil going in her soul. show more

  • 75
    Loren King Chicago Tribune

    The heartfelt truthfulness of Gardos' tale, and the performances of all leads, particularly Johansson, make the film a powerful account of the universal search for identity and the meaning of "home." show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Although there's a certain connect-the-dots quality to the storytelling, there's no denying the care and craftsmanship that Gardos has brought to her debut film. show more

  • 50
    Miami Herald

    Rhapsody fails to completely hook you, perhaps because the events happen so quickly you barely have time to sort out the characters. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    It's in the teenage section where the film goes seriously wrong and veers from an absorbing family story. show more

  • 50
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    For a movie with such a vibrant real-life base, An American Rhapsody is surprisingly low-impact. show more

  • 60
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Its emotional sweep is ultimately undercut by murky characterizations and generic plotting. show more

  • 50
    Frank Lovece TV Guide

    The glammed-up Kinski looks the same age throughout and only has three expressions: angry, wistful, and someone's-killed-my-dog. show more

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