An American Rhapsody
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An American Rhapsody
A true story based on the life story of writer/director Eva Gardos, this film depicts the personal odyssey of a family's escape from Communist Hungary. One night, Margaret (Nastassja Kinski) and Peter (Tony Goldwyn) arrange to escape Hungary with their eldest daughter in tow, forcing them to leave behind their youngest, Suzanne, in the care of Margaret's mother. When the mother is separated from the young child, she goes to live in a peaceful Eastern European countryside with a loving man and woman who raise her until age six, where Suzanne is sent for by her birth parents, now living… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"The States becomes an apple-pie wonderland of Elvis and Coca-Cola, the old country either a gray police state or, in scenes of Suzanne's happy childhood, a pastoral haven."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"This should be a fascinating story, but An American Rhapsody never develops a melody or a rhythm, much less the epiphany the title suggests."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A heartfelt coming of age tale of an Hungarian-American adolescent, well acted by Scarlett Johansson"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The 'stranger in a strange land' story has been told many times, in print and on film, but seldom as poignantly."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Based on director Eva Gardos' own experiences, this film depicts a 15-year-old girl's quest to revisit and come to terms with her past in Hungary."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An American Rhapsody, in its straightforward way, earns its emotions."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"The film is never less than engaging."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"In spite of the movie's inflated title, writer/director Eva Gardos tells an emotionally charged story of Hungarian immigration that is touching and historically accurate."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Begins with harrowing detail but develops gaping holes as a decade and a half of potentially volcanic events and relationships is molded into a 106-minute movie."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"It's a powerful, affecting portrait of a young woman trying simultaneously to rebel and find her roots."
‑ Matt Easterbrook, Matt's Movie Reviews
"An American Rhapsody speaks from the heart to the heart."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A story this compelling deserves a better telling."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Just another faux-weepy drama told with a standard fetishistic immigrant's sentimentality."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"A beautiful film that covers the full spectrum of emotions. For the most part, it's convincing and poignant."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"By focusing a little more on people than she does on ideology, director Gardos ends up with a patriotism that seems more honest and compelling."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World
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