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American Heart


It took heart to grow up on the streets. It took guts to survive five years in prison.

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- Brian J. Arthurs, Beach Reporter (Southern California), Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: What begins as a gritty look at down-and-out lives in Seattle devolves into a disappointingly conventional and sentimental father-son melodrama; even the great Jeff Bridges as the father and soon to become star Edward Furlong can't save this hokum.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

An ok movie. Edward Furlong was good, as usual...

- itsjustme2004, Tuesday, April 30, 2013

1 star

Edward Furlong is one of my favorite actors. Jeff Bridges is one of the top actors in Hollywood, and while not on my top 10 list, he's still a brilliant actor. So, American Heart should have been an awesome film! I knew from reading reviews, that it was gonna be strange, but while most people liked it, I did not! The story follows an ex-con trying to restart his life, and his estranged, runaway son, that he just can't get rid of. The background is great, but the film sucks, seriously all you see is these people going about their everyday business! Nothing really happens, you feel no connection to the characters whatsoever, and there is really no reason to care about what is happening!? Just go follow two random people on the street for a couple days and watch them go about their everyday life and you'll know what this awful film was like.

- Tss807, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

3 stars

An ex-con with dreams of starting a new life reunites with his son. In 1993 it was impossible to view this as I see it now: Jeff Bridges was practicing for his role in Crazy Heart. Everything that is good about Bridges's Oscar-winning performance is in American Heart, the music, the quiet desperation, the emotional depths to which he sinks, and of course, the hair. Edward Furlong, whose voice seems untutored but natural, matches Bridges in intensity. However, I thought that the story was predictable and the plot contrived. You know the ending as soon as you meet Rainey, and the film doesn't tell us anything new about troubled youth. Overall, the highlights are the stars, who give emotional and committed performances.

- hunterjt13, Sunday, November 13, 2011