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  • Summary: A charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, orphaned by circumstance. Years later, performing on the streets of New York and cared forA charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, orphaned by circumstance. Years later, performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger who gives him the name August Rush, the child uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Warner Bros.) Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 27
  2. Negative: 13 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Will not be for everyone, but it works if you surrender to its lilting and unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry.
  2. In the end, this could be the year's most sharply defined love-it-or-hate-it movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    60
    Acclimate yourself to the frenzied vibe, and you'll feel the movie grow into itself as an urban fairy tale whose rapturous finale stakes a wishful claim on the redemptive power of love and art.
  4. To describe August Rush as a piece of shameless hokum doesn’t quite do justice to the potentially shock-inducing sugar content of this contemporary fairy tale.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    38
    Odd, quasi-mystical movie that’s too silly for adults to take seriously and frankly too weird for kids.
  6. 33
    Simultaneously swooningly romantic and transcendently idiotic.
  7. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    25
    An inane musical melodrama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 112
  2. Negative: 18 out of 112
  1. Aug 6, 2014
    10
    I can't understand why this movie was received badly ! For me, it's definitively one of the best movies ever ! Yes, the plot is a little bitI can't understand why this movie was received badly ! For me, it's definitively one of the best movies ever ! Yes, the plot is a little bit unlikely... But a good story is rarely made of common events.
    1. This is a movie about Music. It's not a matter of mysticism or things like that : it's a matter of faith. Someone believe that the music has a power, someone don't. It's like a religion, everyone has the right to believe in what he choose to believe.
    2. There is a brilliant cast : I considerate Freddie Highmore as one the best boy-actor. Jonathan Rhys-Meyer is excellent, too, and he has a beautiful voice (perfect for the role). Keri Russell and Robin Williams are very different but both are heart-moving, in a different way.
    3. We are very attached to those characters : the little prodigy of the music ; the guitarist, wasting his life with an other woman ; the cellist, who can't play anymore ; even the manipulator who just want to make money with children is captivating !
    4. Some themes in this movie are beyond all description !! And I think it's not a movie about ONE thing, only : it's a friendship movie ; a romance ; a movie about music...
    And if the message is that there is something about us who guides us, it's not a "pseudo-mysticism" movie, for all that. It's... well... like an other religion !!
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  2. DanaB
    Mar 15, 2008
    10
    Beautiful *family* movie -- rare!
  3. NilsS.
    Jul 28, 2008
    10
    Too many cynics have bashed this movie. Everyone ultimately seeks happiness and fulfillment. Why some deny themselves that experience is Too many cynics have bashed this movie. Everyone ultimately seeks happiness and fulfillment. Why some deny themselves that experience is beyond me, even if just for a few moments on the screen. Despite the overwhelming criticism, I found this movie to be deeply satisfying, completely enjoyable and riveting, and a source of inspiration for those who are not opposed to the idea that real "magic" is possible outside the periphery of the analytical mind--if we dare. Expand
  4. Max
    Nov 22, 2007
    8
    Anyone who can appreciate the power of music will overlook the (incredible) schmaltz and go along for the ride. The score is great and Anyone who can appreciate the power of music will overlook the (incredible) schmaltz and go along for the ride. The score is great and Freddie Highmore gets better with each movie. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2014
    8
    A chance meeting of two musically gifted people creates something that will change their lives for the next eleven years - and start somethingA chance meeting of two musically gifted people creates something that will change their lives for the next eleven years - and start something new.

    I originally watched this to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but liked the movie for itself.

    The cast was very good: Freddie Highmore as innocent, magnificent Evan Taylor/August Rush, Terrence Howard as a caring child service worker, Robin Williams as disturbingly crazy Wizard... and Jonathan Rhys Meyers singing; not bad.

    The story is divided between the journey of Evan, who believes his parents are out there somewhere, and Lyla and Louis, who spent one night together which seems to haunt them both.

    Evan is such a pure, creative force that you remain on the edge of your seat as he's taken from one place to the next and his talents both abused and nourished.

    Overall it is a touching story of how three people so far away from each other belong together, and you keep dreading they'll never get to be the family they deserve.

    The music was pretty good, and the scenery and different personalities made a good impact. Definitely worth watching!
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  6. WanderingS.
    Mar 17, 2008
    5
    Cute yes. Suspenseful, no. I wanted it to have a sappy tear jerking ending and I have to say it was anti-climatic. My fiance hated the fact Cute yes. Suspenseful, no. I wanted it to have a sappy tear jerking ending and I have to say it was anti-climatic. My fiance hated the fact that you had to just go with the fantasy of a boy who can not only play a guitar instinctively but can write music somehow by osmosis. Very disappointing, I was expecting more of a urgency in the story but it bored me, not even to tears. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 21, 2007
    0
    This movie is beyond awful. There were too many characters, and not one was developed enough for me to have so much as a passing interest in This movie is beyond awful. There were too many characters, and not one was developed enough for me to have so much as a passing interest in what happened to him. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Expand

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