August Rush
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An infant secretly given away by Lyla's father has grown into an unusually gifted child who hears music all around him and can turn the rustling of wind through a wheat field into a beautiful symphony with himself at its center, the composer and conductor. He holds an unwavering belief that his parents are alive and want him as much as he wants them. Determined to search for them, he makes his way to New York City. There, lost and alone, he is beckoned by the guitar music of a street kid playing for change and follows him back to a makeshift shelter in the abandoned Fillmore East Theater,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"However predictable, a good ol' fashioned happy ending is always welcome. But bring a box of tissues: A good cry is to be expected as well."
‑ Jennifer Preyss, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"August Rush will not be for everyone, but it works if you surrender to its lilting and unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Essentially an extended music video, and with about as much narrative weight, August Rush is empty, flat, and pointless."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
""The only thing astounding about this movie is how bad it is.""
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Its almost desperate earnestness actually turns out to be its greatest appeal -- August Rush does believe in fairy tales, it does it does it does!"
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Even the final few moments, which should have us choking up, seemed hurried and shot from the wrong angles."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Exuberantly bad and strenuously preposterous."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A music box trying to pass itself off as an orchestra."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Someone in Hollywood must have it in for Thanksgiving. How else to explain the cruelly timed release of August Rush, a wretched confection that only the most determined will be able to count among their blessings?"
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"August Rush kind of feels like a 2-hour coming attractions preview. Lots of fragmented stuff happens, without ever connecting the dots in between."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"This inspirational drama gets three stars for oddity value alone."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Intended as a fuzzy family fable, August plays more to the gag reflex than to the heart."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A heartwarming fairy-tale that is undeniably sweet, even if it occasionally crosses over into sappiness."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"While many films require a suspension of disbelief, August Rush asks viewers to terminate their disbelief without severance and have security escort it from the building."
‑ Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
"...warmly affecting at times and almost unbearably saccharine at others."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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