American Anthem
American Anthem (1986)

In a film that will probably appeal mostly to those who like gymnastics, American Anthem is about a gymnast struggling to find inspiration while attempting to deal with his family problems. After falling for a female gymnast, he finds the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 1, 1986
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The characters are laughable; the gymnastics are unattractive. There is nothing to recommend this film.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Essentially, American Anthem is an idea in search of a screenplay,

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Patrick Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

This whole movie may have been concocted on a synthesizer.

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Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Unfortunately, as far as acting exercises go, Gaylord couldn't score a 5.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A large portion of the movie is given over to gymnastics competitions, which are not explained or photographed well enough to be very interesting.

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People Magazine

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.

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Leo L
An interesting movie that centralizes on "motivation" and "integrity". Good movie.