August Rush Synopsis
A boy (Freddie Highmore) uses his musical talent to find his parents.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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For those who loved his singing in "Velvet Goldmine," Rhys-Meyers once again proves that he has pipes.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

An inane musical melodrama.
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A gem of a movie available on DVD

By saintandrew
We picked up August Rush on DVD from our local Redbox for a Friday night, after the kids are in bed, nothing else on TV, TV time filler. We discovered a little gem of a film that we really enjoyed....

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By CorrieMG
My whole family loved this movie! Drama, suspense, action, incredible music, romance, comedic moments and a whole lot of soul--this movie had it all! What an amazing cast! I was so disappointed...

How Do I Say This Nicely?

By karensaucedo
ONE OF THE WORST MOVIES I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

Fabulous film! Forget the cynicism of critics...this is what entertainment is about!

By GearMaven
I absolutely loved this movie during the free screening in San Francisco this evening. At its end, the film received claps, cheers and shouts of approval! The child actors were terrific, especially...

A Fairytale For The Modern Era!

By moviezzzz
Forget "Enchanted" - the real fairytale is August Rush! From its beautiful score to its unique take on the bond that ties us together this is the feel good movie for the holiday season. I sat in...

A Profound Look at the Mystery of Human Connectivity

By YoungTheophilus
I am a 27 year old male rarely given to emotion particularly in movies. Yet I found myself on the brink of tears for the last hour of the movie. I left the theater pondering the true nature of...

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By derussell
Thought this was a great movie and I will see it again!...

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By JDubWhite3
It'll work wonders around your heart. Wonderful and tearjerking!...

Music is everywhere.

By Daydream
This is the Holiday movie for the family to see. August Rush is a touching story of an orphan boy trying to reach out to his parents through his music because he believes they can hear him. You...

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By Asianfreak
88 out of 100 A beautiful, extended version of moving poetry/music video....

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Rated PG | For some thematic elements, mild violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pleasant, emotional, fable-like family drama.
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