American Experience
American Experience (2004)

During the fall of Saigon in 1975, countless children were separated from their parents during the final, frantic rush to escape Vietnam before the Communist takeover. Among the kids airlifted to safety was a 7-year-old Amerasian girl named… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 11, 2003
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79%
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59%

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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An emotionally wrenching portrayal of a family reunion that doesn't turn out as expected.

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Stands as a powerful record of a truly historic event in the annals of rap.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

A concert film that captures last year's Garden party along with well-orchestrated, if not especially revealing, behind-the-scenes footage.

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Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict

[E]ntertaining, just a wee bit self indulgent, and highly emotional at times, Jay-Z's farewell performance [is] a sensational, if occasionally shallow, concert experience.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This doesn't stand with the great hip-hop documentaries.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

A spectacular concert documentary that also gives some fascinating insights into the making of 'The Black Album.'

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Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

A solid concert flick and a surface-deep peek at how the music gets made, but ultimately the final product feels like a well-polished piece of marketing machinery.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

I'm more familiar with Jersey than with Jay-Z, but I found it difficult to watch this concert (shot in 2003) without gaining some appreciation for the rapper's rapid-fire verbal acrobatics.

Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

A moving and troubling documentary.

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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

To those of us without any particular axe to grind, Fade is always at least an average music doc, and it occasionally ventures into the realm of 'good.'

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An Amer-Asian woman travels to Vietnam to meet her long-lost mother. Aside from a few forays into a discussion of cultural and racial differences -- the… More