American Pastoral

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Released 2016

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Director:
Ewan McGregor
Released:
2016
Rating:
R
Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. McGregor plays Seymour "Swede" Levov, a former high-school star athlete who seems destined for a charmed life after he inherits his father's business and weds an ex-beauty queen. Years later, with the Vietnam War raging, Levov's perfect world begins to fall apart when his activist daughter commits a heinous act of political terrorism. Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly, Molly Parker, Uzo Aduba, Rupert Evans, and David Strathairn co-star.

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Ewan McGregor's directorial debut, in which he also stars, is decently performed and delivers some potent scenes of inter-generational discord between a concerned father and a radi...

  • 60

    Screen International Tim Grierson

    Ewan McGregor's directorial debut eventually finds its own emotional core, zeroing in on the tragedy that befalls a seemingly perfect life once a man's wilful daughter torpedoes it.

  • 40

    The Guardian Jordan Hoffman

    What we have on our hands is a dud, but there are a few grace notes that save it from being an unmitigated disaster.

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