75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I'd rather August Rush went the whole way than just be lukewarm about it. Yes, some older viewers will groan, but I think up to a certain age, kids will buy it, and in imagining their response, I enjoyed my own.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Will not be for everyone, but it works if you surrender to its lilting and unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The story is about musicians and how music connects people, so the movie's score and songs, created by composers Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer, give poetic whimsy to an implausible tale.
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50

Premiere

For those who loved his singing in "Velvet Goldmine," Rhys-Meyers once again proves that he has pipes.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The plot is preposterous. Particularly the part about a kid who has never before played an instrument, but can pick up a guitar and play like Eric Clapton and belly up to a church organ and perform like Mozart.
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50

Chicago Tribune

It’s an unabashed feel-good weeper, and those eager for that type of fare might as well settle for this one. But an equal number will be put off by the bad dialogue, transparent manipulation and saccharine overkill.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The Hollywood version of one of those fawning "60 Minutes" segments about musical prodigies. For most of it, I could hear the congested awe of Morley Safer.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It would be nice to say this predictable fantasy has such a big heart, we can forgive its excesses. But director Kirsten Sheridan overplays nearly every already-corny scene, and there is no chemistry between Russell and Rhys Meyers, who appear to be passing through on their way to better projects.
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Robin Williams (yes, I'm afraid so) plays a kind of Manhattan-based Fagin with a touch of Midnight Cowboy to his wardrobe. And ants will play havoc in any cynic's pants as this loopy, goopy fairy tale about a kid looking for his parents oozes to its predictable finish.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

An inane musical melodrama.
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38 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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