This was a mixed bag for me. There were parts I really liked and others spoilt by the usual hollywood formula of over exaggeration and cliched scenes- like running through lines of waiting traffic to get to an urgent meeting (there were at least two of these). It had touches of Oliver Twist in it with Robyn Williams in the Fagan like role. Freddie Highmore was perfect for the role of Adam and Keri Russel did well in her part but Jonathan Rhys Meyers for me was just another hollywood cutout male actor (ho-hum)
I thought the last quarter of the film could have been much better written in terms of script.
If you have a quiet Saturday night it is worth watching
This is one of three movies that I crave. I need to see it at least twice a year. Heartfelt; poignant; music; love; loss; found .... sigh
A great movie that helps you actually feel and think, not just another leave your brain and heart at the door and go on ride.
A beautiful and uplifting movie. Unrealistic ending but this doesn't take away from the charm of it. This movie will leave you feeling very good!
Not for me. Schmaltzy in that way that only America seems able to do. A fairytale for adolescents
‘August Rush’ is a romantic fantasy that is saved by very committed performances, tight script and sound directing. The script works, in the main, and provides a scenario that appeals to the romantic in us all, well, hopefully. If you are looking for true life, this movie is not for you. If you don’t mind sentimentality, delivered up in spades, then you will enjoy it. Kirsten Sheridan (Director) wrings out all the emotion inherent in the script while keeping the performers from self-pity and indulgence. The standout performance is from Freddie Highmore and he is well supported by a strong cast, especially Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and a Fagin-like performance from Robin Williams.
Relevant issues of child-potential and child-abuse themes brought out by a sensitive young actor and Robin Williams. I appreciated and can identify with the way musicians constantly hear the melodies, harmonies, dischords and rhythms of sounds all around us.
What a lovely movie. Doubted it at the start, but glad I stuck with it. Acting is fab. Meyers is the reason I borrowed this one and I wasn't disappointed. Definitely one to watch.....
Have seen it before and it was even better the second time around. Recommend to anyone who loves an easy and uncomplicated movie with great music.
A very good "feel good" movie.
I loved the story, actors and music.
Beautiful movies, great music, loved every minute - would recommend this movie!
Incredible music. Great actors. very good story line, nearly a teary one Loved it
As much as this movie leans to the fantasy side of reality, I found it a particularly enjoyable movie. Beautiful music, nice looking lead characters, well photographed, although Robin Williams was a bit scarey.
For those of us who believe in spirituality and love will enjoy this movie.
I love this movie. I am about to watch it again before sending it back.
Fantastic cast suited so well to their roles.
Fabulous movie. It is a fairytale, but incredibly well made and with some great music.
Right after watching this I could have watched it again...beautiful movine, beautiful soundtrack. If I can I am going to buy it to keep.
Different to what I was expecting.
What a beautiful movie loved it
This is another brilliant movie and with Robin Williams in it also always a pleasant character, really another worth watching
Best movie I have seen in years.
Love this movie. It was bizarre because I didn't want to watch this movie but when I got started watching it. It was different, interesting and very heart warming to watch this movie. Would RECOMMEND this movie!
This is great movie. It has such an exiting and original music and storyline anyone at any age will enjoy it.
Hired this on the many many high recommendations. The wife & I agree what a disappointment ( nothing like the wonderful 5 star Notebook movie.) this is 1 star rating. Maybe OK for teenage girls but not us BABY BOOMERS! It was boring predictable and the ending oh so corny! There was no main or support character development, the script was shallow, Robyn William over-acted, Meyers is only a very average singer, Russell ( great in the 5 star ???The Waitress???) but did nothing in this movie. Young Highmore reasonable effort. Soundtrack was the only good thing. Even if you called it a fairytale story it was lacking in so many areas. Oldies don???t bother??????.CORNY, CORNY, CORNY.
Get this out. I'm sure you won't regret it. The whole family loved this human interest piece. And it's not easy to interest the whole family in a movie.
What a wonderful film So good I could watch it again.
Just couldn't get into this movie, it seemed too detached from reality from the beginning.
Having said this, I've heard good reviews about it so, benefit of the doubt, i might try it
It's a bit like Christmas, it you believe in it and go with the flow it is an outstanding movie that has a emotional ending with great entertainment value. Probably one that you will recommend to others. Great sound track.
If you don't enjoy music and chose to rip the story line to pieces you will completely miss the boat.
This was one of the most beautiful movies I have seen in a long time. Very worthwhile!
A great movie and cerainly a real talent for the future. When you watch the extras and see what the Characters have to do for this movie then you only think more of it. Great stuff and even though it's a touch far fetched in the story line I guess that's Hollywood
These reviews below are unbelieveable. This movie will have you slapping your head from one plot contrivance to the next. The last scene while sentimental is not too bad but does not make up for the rest of the movie. Avoid
Really enjoyable movie - loved the music, a great cast and a heart warming story.
Very different (certainly with a touch of Oliver to it) and absolutely beautiful in every way. Excellent! I would have liked to see even more musical performances in it.
What a breathe of fresh air this movie was to what is on offer for families to watch. It is such a lovely story and it leaves you all warm and fuzzy inside. I won't give any of the story away as I think everyone should at least see it once.
A truly enjoyable family movie.
What a supberb family movie, one of my kids has now watched it 8 times, a terrific story of courage and determination. Wwatch this movie now.
What a great movie. You really need to watch, and pay attention, right from the start, but it is worth every minute. The amazing part is that young Freddie Highmore plays his own guitar segments. None of it is dubbed. Robin Williams plays an interesting role too, and good to see him away from his usual comedian type roles. All round a great movie for the entire family.
I loved this movie as well what a great movie, great cast everything just worked.
A great movie, really loved it.
As soon as the movie started I knew it was going to be something different, something special. All actors are perfectly cast. It is the best movie I have seen this year. Do not miss this one!
The best movie weve seen in ages...a great story...and a great ending....well worth it...
This movie really gets to you. All round great movie. The cast was picked prefectly.
This is, imho, the movie "Once" wanted to be, so to all the fans of that movie you should really enjoy this one. The love story between Lyla & Louis is absorbing and heart rending and the music thoroughly intoxicating. A must see for anyone who loves music and romance.
Absolutely loved this movie. A real feel good movie and as suggested by another reviewer, a definite mix of Serendipity meets Oliver. Loved it. Highly recommended.
I loved this movie - full of wonder and magic and the performances were spot on. This movie reminded me of a mix of "Serendipity" and "Oliver Twist".