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Writer-director Eric Byler adapted his ensemble comedy drama Americanese from Shawn Wong's best-selling 1995 novel, American Knees. The film, like the novel, dramatizes the seriocomic day-to-day experiences of a number of Asian American immigrants in the City of Angels. At the story's center is milquetoast-dull, middle-aged college professor and divorcÚ Raymond Ding (Chris Tashima) -- so ineffectual that he barely seems to have control over the events that befall him, and so emotionally distant in his relationship with his live-in lover, the Japanese-American photojournalist Aurora… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fine, understated performances and the self-assured way that Byler lets the film find its own rhythms, rather than setting into some template, result in a mature film of subtle complexity."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"This diverting, occasionally wry seriocomedy ultimately doesn't add up to a satisfying whole."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"I'm convinced that Byler is a talent to watch."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A collection of scenes in search of a coherent story, the film's characters don't develop, and plot lines fail to coalesce by the movie's conclusion."
‑ Sura Wood, Hollywood Reporter
"It's not the glacial pace that fatigues, but a lack of connection with the characters."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"You don't have to be Asian-American to understand the universal longing for love and self-acceptance."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"[Director Eric] Byler deals with characters who have lived their years, learned from them, and try to apply their values to their lives. Their romances are not heedless but wary, and involve a lot of negotiation."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Byler doesn't rush his storytelling; this is a deliberately paced, thoughtful meditation on racial issues and relationships ..."
‑ Kim Voynar, Cinematical
"Byler was just warming up with Charlotte Sometimes and somewhere deep down not only gets people - but how filmmaking can translate to those who don't."
‑ Erik Childress,
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