America So Beautiful
America So Beautiful (2001)

A young man who only wants to dance finds that isn't so simple when you're an Iranian in America in this independent drama. Houshang (Mansour) isn't much different than a lot of teenagers living in Southern California in 1979;… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 9, 2006
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Shokrian, who was born in Tehran, is trying to say something about assimilation and xenophobia, but the predictable story and stereotypical characters do him in.

David Ng
Village Voice

As much as the film would like to blow the lid off immigrant misery, it deals only in caricatures.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Shokrian ... possesses a sharp eye for detail and a lacerating wit (dulled, unfortunately, by the repetition of ideas and the hammering of points).

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Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

While providing a fresh perspective on a different troubled time in our history, this challenging but flawed film nonetheless manages to be a much needed affirmation of the American Dream.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Unfortunately Shokrina's sense of style periodically collapses, and the film falls prey to the worst kind of models.

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