Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
Watch On
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Zak
    70
    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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JayH.
    Aug 2, 2009
    7
    I don't see why this got such dreadful reviews, I thought was intriguing and well acted, particularly Gretchen Mol. I never lost I don't see why this got such dreadful reviews, I thought was intriguing and well acted, particularly Gretchen Mol. I never lost interest, great cinematography. Fascinating plot. Full Review »