American Heart
American Heart (1992)

Following up on Streetwise, his powerful documentary on the homeless kids of Seattle, director Martin Bell returned to that city for a dramatic feature. Nick Kelson (Edward Furlong) is a troubled teenager whose mother has been dead for many… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's a pity that the plot culminates in a slew of melodramatic contrivances that leave a lot of strands hanging.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

Compassionate; moving; heavy-going.

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Steve Beard
Empire Magazine

Although Jack moves across America somehow the character development gets left behind and for a road trip movie to have a stagnant narrative is not a good sign.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Not since "Straight Time" with Dustin Hoffman has there been a film that more convincingly depicted the plight of the ex-con in his struggle to earn an honest living than the engaging "American Heart."

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It's time to recognize Mr. Bridges as the most underappreciated great actor of his generation.

Emanuel Levy

The film begins as a gritty look at down-and-out lives in Seattle, but becomes a more conventional father-son melodrama, though the acting Jeff Bridges and Edward Furlong is good.

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Todd McCarthy

A gritty, well-meaning drama about a father and son on the fringes of society.

TV Guide

Never feels real for a second.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A gritty tale about a down-and-out father and son who inch toward a loving relationship

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
An ok movie. Edward Furlong was good, as usual...
Leo L
A favorite
Jim Hunter
An ex-con with dreams of starting a new life reunites with his son. In 1993 it was impossible to view this as I see it now: Jeff Bridges was practicing for his… More
Todd Smith
Edward Furlong is one of my favorite actors. Jeff Bridges is one of the top actors in Hollywood, and while not on my top 10 list, he's still a brilliant… More