American Son
American Son (2008)

A young man tries to tie up some loose ends before he goes to war in this independent drama from director Neil Abramson. Mike Holland (Nick Cannon) is nineteen years old and has just completed his basic training as a private in the United… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly

It may be the first Iraq war-related movie that can equally appeal to both left and right

David Thomas

ends up being one of the strongest entries in the growing list of films about Iraq even though, ultimately, it probably doesn't belong on that list at all.

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Bill Gibron

American Son is one of the few modern takes on the material that never once apologizes for its warrior-in-waiting.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Stirringly told, American Son dramatizes a harsh social reality and tributes this nation's fighting force.

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

The sort of movie that folks who are addicted to a Tom Cruise-style action sequence every three minutes might dismiss as one in which "nothing happens."

Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Meticulously crafted, low-budget, excellently performed character piece that resonates with integrity as it shows us one more example of what an American son looks like.

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Justin Chang

This is conventional dramatic material played with an occasionally heavy hand, but sculpted with care and quiet assurance by helmer Neil Abramson.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Several anti-war films have come along in the past couple of years calling out the war in Iraq. They've covered various conspiracies, big personalities and the front lines. But, perhaps, none have been as human as Neil Abramson's American Son.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A powerful yet nuanced work

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Good film, compelling performances.