American Pastime
American Pastime (2007)

Gary Cole, Aaron Yoo, John Gries, and Judy Ongg star in an inspirational small town drama exploring the lingering effects of World War II on Japanese-American citizens struggling to overcome lingering hostilities and be accepted in country… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A moving, heartfelt drama.

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Don Willmott

American Pastime asks what it truly means to be an American. What better question to ask these days?

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

American Pastime's inclusive, forgiving message could hardly be more admirable. It could have been more exciting, though.

Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly

With such rich material about dreams deferred, it's disheartening that co-writer-director Desmond Nakano's nobly made but patchy drama mires itself in nostalgia tropes and storytelling clichés.

David Cornelius

While everything else about Pastime is very good, it's all rooted in a mediocre screenplay.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Rich period detail and solid performances by [Aaron] Yoo and Gary Cole.

Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Full of interesting characters and placed in a charged setting, but the preachy and obvious spin it takes is ultimately melodramatic and predictable.

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Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

While historically sensitive and thought-provoking, the film has serious flaws. The story line is scattered and the direction uneven.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The historical elements -- particularly those that deal with Japanese internment camps during World War II -- definitely make the movie worthwhile.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I am a complete sucker for these kinds of movies. This movie touches the heart. It is a good reminder that the American-Japanese went through a hard time during… More