America's Heart and Soul
America's Heart and Soul (2004)

Directed by filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg, America's Heart and Soul traverses across thousands of miles of American soil in an effort to showcase not just the beauty of the land, but the very soul of the United States -- its people.… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 2, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Even if [Schwartzberg's] choices feel somewhat clichéd, there's no doubting the spirit of his subjects, who seem genuinely proud to share their thoughts and feelings for a few, too brief moments.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Even though, at times, Schwartzberg's documentary exalts the American way of life with the mythical reverence of a Leni Riefenstahl, the experience is undeniably stirring.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A big, beautiful love letter to America.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

An inspirational and emotionally effective feel-good film.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Harbors some indelibly arresting images and characters whose stories, even at their most superficial, manage to be authentically inspiring.

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Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today

Forget reality television. This is reality and it's all about people who don't need a head shot to validate their existence.

Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly

Less evocative and honest in all its 88 minutes than, say, just one of the throwaway establishing shots of Angela Arenivar's dusty Texas-panhandle hometown in last year's Spellbound, a true American movie with a lot more heart and soul.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Though America's Heart & Soul doesn't break new ground, its apolitical tone and diverse cast may be a tonic for those tired of our country's divisive climate.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... a whirlwind tour of the nation through the romantic, colorful, gravity-defying cinematography of director Louis Schwartzberg.

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