Americanese (2007)

Writer-director Eric Byler adapted his ensemble comedy drama Americanese from Shawn Wong's best-selling 1995 novel, American Knees. The film, like the novel, dramatizes the seriocomic day-to-day experiences of a number of Asian American… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 10, 2007
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Fine, understated performances and the self-assured way that Byler lets the film find its own rhythms, rather than setting into some template, result in a mature film of subtle complexity.

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Dennis Harvey

This diverting, occasionally wry seriocomedy ultimately doesn't add up to a satisfying whole.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I'm convinced that Byler is a talent to watch.

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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter

A collection of scenes in search of a coherent story, the film's characters don't develop, and plot lines fail to coalesce by the movie's conclusion.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's not the glacial pace that fatigues, but a lack of connection with the characters.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

You don't have to be Asian-American to understand the universal longing for love and self-acceptance.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Director Eric] Byler deals with characters who have lived their years, learned from them, and try to apply their values to their lives. Their romances are not heedless but wary, and involve a lot of negotiation.

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Kim Voynar

Byler doesn't rush his storytelling; this is a deliberately paced, thoughtful meditation on racial issues and relationships ...

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Erik Childress

Byler was just warming up with Charlotte Sometimes and somewhere deep down not only gets people - but how filmmaking can translate to those who don't.

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