American Pastoral
American Pastoral (2016)

AMERICAN PASTORAL follows Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father's business. Swede's seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 21, 2016
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2017
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: American Pastoral finds debuting director Ewan McGregor's reach exceeding its grasp with a well-intentioned Philip Roth adaptation that retains the form, but little of the function, of its source material.

Rafer Guzman

McGregor's directorial debut is a well-crafted drama but lacks the depth of Roth's masterful book.

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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

The actors emote deeply and energetically, but there's a disquieting sheen of artifice.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

The film is a tad too long but nevertheless is well acted and rather moving.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

I haven't read the book, but I'm guessing Roth brought more nuance and authority to its story of a New Jersey family in the 1960s and '70s than McGregor and screenwriter John Romano have with this cultural cartoon.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

It's a remarkably committed effort that takes a few seriously misguided turns along the way, even as its actors lunge at psychological depth with every scene.

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Sarah Marrs
Lainey Gossip

American Pastoral is boring at best, but it will play well to one audience-white suburban parents.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It might have fared better as a TV mini-series, where novelistic plot strands can be unpacked at length. McGregor is simply wrong for his role: He's too young, too modern, too smart.

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A.A. Dowd
AV Club

There was reason to expect more from American Pastoral, and just as much reason to figure it was doomed from the start.

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Adam Nayman
Cinema Scope

The whole production feels verged on the perch of camp.

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