American Symphony

critic Reviews

, 94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • More than a standard musician's documentary, American Symphony uses its behind-the-scenes access to present a portrait of courage and creativity.
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    Robert LevinNewsday
    It's not just for Batiste fans. There have been few better movies about the creative process.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    This is a film that captures how art isn’t just how we heal&#59; it’s how we live.
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    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    While some of the backstage material has an official feel, the documentary does not shy from showing private moments.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Both Batiste and Jaouad put their faith and trust in Heineman, and the result is a candid testament to an unconditional love that’s threatened by cancer but defined by one remarkable couple’s commitment to get through it together.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    American Symphony plays more like a series of snapshots than a complete picture -- or perhaps more aptly, an unfinished symphony punctuated by lovely, graceful notes.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is off base for [director Matthew Heineman], but he brings this great cinematic scale to it.
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    Frederic and Mary Ann BrussatSpirituality & Practice
    A love story about how the creative process creates both music and healing.
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    Jennie KermodeEye for Film
    Batiste and Jaouad are intensely grounded – they have to be – and as such, their humour and their joy have greater weight.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    Pleasing documentary--a well-conceived biopic on the multi-talented musician Jon Batiste.
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    Jared MobarakHey, Have You Seen ...?
    It's a wholesome, harrowing, and inspirational journey. And also the beginning of a new chapter marked by a cognizant potential for implosion. But it's easy to believe he'll be okay.
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