Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 75
    Nastassja Kinski, in one of her most affecting performances, does much to convey the turmoil going in her soul.
  2. 75
    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."
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    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.
  4. Made with care and respect, American Rhapsody manages to skirt the edge of excessive sentiment without falling victim to it.
  5. 67
    Has an unerring eye for the banal intricacies of 1950s pre-planned suburban neighborhoods, à la Levittown.
  6. 60
    Its emotional sweep is ultimately undercut by murky characterizations and generic plotting.
  7. 60
    Ms. Gardos is not a particularly flavorful filmmaker, but she is an honest one.
  8. Distinguishes itself by its subtlety and good taste. Even if we catch a hint of gypsy music on the soundtrack -- or glimpse a disturbing American neighbor lady -- Gardos steadfastly guards us from caricature. She wants to keep it real.
  9. The result is a heartfelt film brimming with ideas and passion but hampered by a literal approach that douses the emotional heat.
  10. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Rhapsody fails to completely hook you, perhaps because the events happen so quickly you barely have time to sort out the characters.
  11. Heartfelt but often plodding and awkward, the movie feels like a somewhat subpar Sunday night TV movie.
  12. 50
    It's in the teenage section where the film goes seriously wrong and veers from an absorbing family story.
  13. They don't get more frustrating than American Rhapsody, a near-great film for about an hour that changes into a self-indulgent mess.
  14. 50
    For a movie with such a vibrant real-life base, An American Rhapsody is surprisingly low-impact.
  15. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    The glammed-up Kinski looks the same age throughout and only has three expressions: angry, wistful, and someone's-killed-my-dog.
  16. 50
    Two-thirds of the way through, it falls apart into TV-movie-of-the-week land, even with the rhapsodic Nastassja Kinski in the lead.
  17. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Calculated yet undeniably skillful melodrama.
  18. It's a case of the heart being in the right place, but the script getting in the way.
  19. Gardos -- treats it competently, though without much freshness or imagination.
  20. While Gardos knows what to ask -- and though Kinski and Johansson both easily command attention -- the filmmaker lacks the storytelling sophistication to answer with anything but prettily rendered cliches.
  21. 40
    The movie is a little crude for the subtlety of the emotions it plays with.
  22. Gardos, an experienced film editor, has little narrative sense, and decent performances (except from Kinski, who just worries and huffs around) are left out to dry.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. CCC
    Dec 6, 2006
    I just watched this movie a second time and adored it as much as the first. Quite complex and beautiful with historical significance, some I just watched this movie a second time and adored it as much as the first. Quite complex and beautiful with historical significance, some wonderful performances and just a tremendous amount of heart. Full Review »