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America's Heart and Soul Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Working within the limitations of the star rating system, I give four stars to the subjects of this movie, and two stars to the way they have been boiled down into cute pictures and sound bites.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film would make a better fit on television or at one of Disney's theme parks. In cinemas, Heart & Soul is an odd duck, out of sync with the current generation of documentarians whose films dig deep into stories and issues the media generally overlooks.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The travelogue cinematography is often gorgeous, and the movie's folks, however hastily presented, are winning.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    An old-school documentary that is both non-controversial and uplifting, America's Heart & Soul could be subtitled the Anti-Fahrenheit 9/11.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

A big, beautiful love letter to America.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a reference to alcoholism and loss and some moments of peril and emotion.

  • Families can talk about which of the people in it they would most like to meet. What do you think about the distinction between a laborer, a craftsman, and an artist? Many of the people in the movie talked about passing on what they had learned. How do you do that in your family?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Superb depiction of America's diversity including minorities and disabled.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Some moments of peril and emotion.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Reference to alcoholism.