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A charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, orphaned by circumstance. Years later, performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger who gives him the name August Rush, the child uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.
Drama - This is a sentimental, inspirational drama aimed at family audiences
and women. Though the main character is a child, the film may be too
slow and long for the youngest viewers. Robin Williams plays an
entirely serious role here, and co-star Terrence Howard has very
limited screen time.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Poor August Rush isn't just a bad movie - it's an aggressively bad movie. There are times when it tips the scales of absurdity and becomes almost comical.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 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.
USA TodayFull Review Good 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.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 175 moviegoers:Again, our moviegoer reviews prove their value. The four "Professional" critic reviews range from Poor to Good, so who are you supposed to believe?
Believe Our Moviegoer Reviews! They show that virtually everyone enjoyed "August Rush" very much. These are some very high reviews from all ages, both males and females! This is a GREAT FAMILY MOVIE! DON'T MISS IT!
Twelve years ago, on a moonlit rooftop above Washington Square, Lyla Novacek (KERI
RUSSELL), a sheltered young cellist, and Louis Connelly (JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS), a
charismatic Irish singer-songwriter, were drawn together by a street musician's rendition of
"Moondance” and fell instantly in love. Sharing the language of music, their connection was
real and undeniable…but short-lived.
After the most romantic night of her life, Lyla promised to meet Louis again but, despite
her protests, her father (WILLIAM SADLER) rushed her to her next concert—leaving Louis to
believe that she didn't care. Disheartened, he found it impossible to continue playing and
eventually abandoned his music while Lyla, her own hopes for love lost, was led to believe
months later that she had also lost their unborn child in a car accident.
Years passed with neither of them knowing the truth.
Now, the infant secretly given away by Lyla's father has grown into a spirited and
unusually gifted child (FREDDIE HIGHMORE) who hears music all around him in the rhythms
of life and can turn the rustling of wind through a wheat field into a beautiful symphony with
himself at its center, the composer and conductor. Orphaned by circumstance, he holds a
profound and unwavering belief that his parents are alive and want him as much as he wants
them—if only they could find each other.
Determined to search for them, he makes his way to New York City. There, lost and
alone, he is beckoned by the guitar music of a street kid playing for change and follows him back
to a makeshift shelter in the abandoned Fillmore East Theater, where dozens of children like him
live under the protection of the enigmatic Wizard (ROBIN WILLIAMS). That night, he picks up
a guitar for the first time and unleashes an impromptu performance in his own unique style.
Astonished that this untrained boy can play so passionately, Wizard names him August
Rush, introduces him to the soul-stirring power of music and begins to draw out his
extraordinary talent. Wizard has big plans for the young prodigy but, for August, his music has a
more important purpose. Never giving up hope of finding the parents he knows are out there
somewhere, he calls out to them through every note. He believes that if they can hear his music,
they will find him.
Unbeknownst to August, they have already begun that journey.
Having just learned her son is alive, Lyla is already working desperately to locate him
with the help of dedicated social worker Richard Jeffries (TERRENCE HOWARD) while Louis,
still haunted by memories of his one true love, finds himself returning to his musical roots and
retracing his steps to the place where they met.
Separated by the events of life but bonded by love and music, Lyla, Louis and August
search for what they lost and what will make their lives complete again…each other.