Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. 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.
  2. 60
    Ms. Gardos is not a particularly flavorful filmmaker, but she is an honest one.
  3. 60
    Its emotional sweep is ultimately undercut by murky characterizations and generic plotting.
  4. The result is a heartfelt film brimming with ideas and passion but hampered by a literal approach that douses the emotional heat.
  5. It's a case of the heart being in the right place, but the script getting in the way.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    50
    The glammed-up Kinski looks the same age throughout and only has three expressions: angry, wistful, and someone's-killed-my-dog.
  7. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    50
    Rhapsody fails to completely hook you, perhaps because the events happen so quickly you barely have time to sort out the characters.
  8. 50
    It's in the teenage section where the film goes seriously wrong and veers from an absorbing family story.
  9. 50
    For a movie with such a vibrant real-life base, An American Rhapsody is surprisingly low-impact.
  10. 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.
  11. Heartfelt but often plodding and awkward, the movie feels like a somewhat subpar Sunday night TV movie.
  12. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    50
    Calculated yet undeniably skillful melodrama.
  13. Gardos -- treats it competently, though without much freshness or imagination.
  14. They don't get more frustrating than American Rhapsody, a near-great film for about an hour that changes into a self-indulgent mess.
  15. 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.
  16. 40
    The movie is a little crude for the subtlety of the emotions it plays with.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 15 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
    9
    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 »