'August Rush' Critic Reviews

95%
MovieWeb:   16 reviews
37%
Rotten Tomatoes:   126 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    25
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    25
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    To describe August Rush as a piece of shameless hokum doesn't quite do justice to the potentially shock-inducing sugar content of this contemporary fairy tale.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Watching this yucky emotional drama is like being sprayed with treacle from a high-pressure hose.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    August Rush will not be for everyone, but it works if you surrender to its lilting and unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Intended as a fuzzy family fable, August plays more to the gag reflex than to the heart.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    If August Rush is a fairy tale, it's an excruciatingly, sometimes hilariously oblivious one.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    The goal is to drive mothers everywhere insane with the urge to rescue him and brush his hair (or the other way around), and in my case it worked.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    I dislike sentimentality where it doesn't belong, but there's something brave about the way August Rush declares itself and goes all the way with coincidence, melodrama and skillful tear-jerking.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Sid Smith Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    An exercise in dissonance.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    With its musical themes for individual characters that come together symphonically at the climax, the music is so persuasive that it carries the narrative rather than complementing it.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    If Charles Dickens were alive today, he might be writing projects like August Rush, the unabashedly sentimental tale of a plucky orphan lad who falls in with streetwise urchins as he seeks the family he ought to have.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Suzanne Condie Lambert Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Director Kirsten Sheridan's new film is August Rush. But she might as well have named it Oliver! 2: Electric Boogaloo.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jay Weissberg Variety (Top Critic)
    Many of the so-called twists feel strained, though preteens are unlikely to complain, and there's nothing here to really frighten an even younger crowd.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    This is the sort of movie that requires you not only to suspend disbelief, but to check your sanity at the ticket counter.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    For all its patently absurd situations, its occasionally cloying characters and its naked tugs at the old heartstrings, August Rush still finds a way, every so often, of dropping a lump into your throat.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    Exuberantly bad and strenuously preposterous.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jennie Punter Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    It's hard to believe in the magical power of music to heal and connect lost souls when the tunes are lame.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    25
    An aggressively bad movie. There are times when it tips the scales of absurdity and becomes almost comical.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An often charming urban fantasy that teeters perilously on the brink of preciousness but never quite topples over.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jake Coyle Associated Press (Top Critic)
    We need to break out a whole new definition of cheesiness for a film like this, augmented by fake tears and vomit gestures.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Carina Chocano Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    August Rush feels like the cinematic equivalent of being stuffed with fruitcake and doused with a gallon of egg nog.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    59
    Full Review » 2 years ago