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American Son (2019)



Critic Consensus: Kerry Washington capably anchors American Son with her nervy turn as a concerned mother, but the staginess of the production ill-serves its heavy-handed social commentary.

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Based on the acclaimed Broadway play, the Netflix Television Event AMERICAN SON tells the story of Kendra Ellis-Connor (Emmy-nominee Kerry Washington), the mother of a missing teenage boy, as she struggles to put the pieces together in a South Florida police station. Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee also reprise their roles in the adaptation which presents four distinct viewpoints, while also navigating the unique dynamic of an interracial couple trying to raise a mixed-race son.

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

American Son possesses considerable power in its premise, while wrestling with the claustrophobic aspects of transferring a stage play to the screen. Ultimately, the subject matter wins out, yielding a flawed but brisk 90-minute Netflix presentation.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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Almost all the acting here is pointedly overstated, as if the performers are trying to project past an especially long proscenium.

November 1, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The next time Netflix goes sniffing around Broadway, it should bring back something with brains to match heart.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…
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"American Son"... tries very hard to squeeze significance out of every scene. Unfortunately it forgets to tell a story amid all the meaning. Details, details.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

A deafening misfire, like the most unbearable, unwatchable daytime TV soap filled with the most awful self-conscious hamminess, parodic emoting and pointless shouting-at-each-other acting.

September 11, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Worthy yet heavy-handed, too often coming off as an editorializing lecture or essay in thinly fictionalized form.

September 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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