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American Pastoral

HD   R Closed Captioning

Ewan McGregor

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About the Movie

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same. AMERICAN PASTORAL also stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) as Dawn, Dakota Fanning (The Runaways, The Twilight Saga) as Merry, Emmy winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 109
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 85
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It might have fared better as a TV mini-series, where novelistic plot strands can be unpacked at length. McGregor is simply wrong for his role: He's too young, too modern, too smart. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Oct 27, 2016

Rotten: I haven't read the book, but I'm guessing Roth brought more nuance and authority to its story of a New Jersey family in the 1960s and '70s than McGregor and screenwriter John Romano have with this cultural cartoon. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Oct 27, 2016

Rotten: This story is best left on the page. – Adam Graham, Detroit News, Oct 21, 2016

Rotten: You can empathize with their pain - or at least you can imagine it - but these are not performances that do justice to the couple's shifting disbelief, grief and sense of self. – Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail, Oct 21, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Unique and timely story that is worth a rent.

The cast is superb. Dakota Fanning is going to be some kind of star - so long as she keeps choosing characcters with teeth.

This is the story of a small town Jewish family, that is seen as the royal family of their community. Torn apart by the hiccup in a picture perfect scheme, their increasingly radicalized daughter. It's a powerful story but the execution is profoundly distant and uninvolved, not sure why.

Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning are especially brilliant in their roles, but the framing, style, scoring, pacing,of the actual film, is a little too pristine and on the nose. This is the type of story that needed to break boundaries, truly, in the style of telling. IMO. Instead the positioning of the camera, the editing, the music does a Kind of color by nnumbers job.

The acting surpasses all that is going on, but is cheapened a bit by a basic mold. Like an exotic flower in a clay pot made by a kid. Sincerest apologies Ewan.

Honestly?? ITunes!

WHO writes the "about the movie" text!?!?!
You discribe Ewan McGregor with "Salmon fishing in Yemen, Beginners" - but you leave out (one of) his greatest: TRAINSPOTTING ?!?!?!?
Thats bad! Really bad!
*rollig my eyes here!*

One of the WORST movies

This was the biggest waste of money and time I have spent in a long time. Don't waste yours! I'd give this 0 stars, if it were possible.