American Anthem
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An exciting climax at a gymnastics competition highlights this sports-themed drama. Steve (Olympic champion Mitch Gaylord) finds his hopes for a successful career are in doubt when his family relationships suddenly fall apart. He and his father are continually at odds while his younger brother and mother can do nothing about it. Gymnast Julie Lloyd (Janet Jones) arrives on the scene and a romantic liaison with Steve is in the works. A big championship competition looms ahead on the horizon as both Steve and Julie prepare for a final challenge.

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"The characters are laughable; the gymnastics are unattractive. There is nothing to recommend this film."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Cast and crew are guided by the director from manipulative cliche to manipulative cliche, as everyone tries his or her best to overlook the fact that Gaylord, despite his athletic prowess, has little or no show-business talent."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Essentially, American Anthem is an idea in search of a screenplay,"
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"American Anthem employs some flashy and occasionally effective visuals, but its screenplay and characterization leave much to be desired."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a pretty ridiculous story, and screenwriters Evan Archerd and Jeff Benjamin never figure out a way to generate any real suspense, drama or inspiration."
‑ Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"This whole movie may have been concocted on a synthesizer."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"It's another example of how our most popular art form has been taken possession by what appear to be extraterrestrial moviemakers from the planet Stallone."
‑ Joe Baltake, Philadelphia Daily News
"Hey, you got your gymnastics in my after-school special!"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Unfortunately, as far as acting exercises go, Gaylord couldn't score a 5."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A large portion of the movie is given over to gymnastics competitions, which are not explained or photographed well enough to be very interesting."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There hasn't been this much raw energy in a film since Rocky. On the other hand all that kinetic force is totally unfocused, leaving a pastiche of undirected elements that never forms a convincing whole."
‑ , People Magazine
"This is an odd and unbelievably bad movie."
‑ Oz,
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