Abbot Genser
Kerrie Mitchell
March 07, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

August Rush

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
112 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/21/07
performer
Freddie Highmore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Robin Williams
director
Kirsten Sheridan
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Nick Castle, James V. Hart
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

”I believe in music the way some people believe in fairy tales,” says 11-year-old August (Freddie Highmore), a multi-instrumental prodigy searching New York City for his star-crossed parents (Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers) while dodging an unhinged busker (Robin Williams). Actually, August Rush isn’t enough of a fairy tale. Vague realism (bleak orphanage scenes) plus fantastical plot twists (our hero goes to Juilliard and conducts a Central Park concert) produce a muddled series of off-key notes. And the EXTRAS — a cacophony of deleted scenes — aren’t any more melodic. C-

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