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Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2019
Sublime tear-jerker with quality cast that captures the reality of a woman's life. No look-away moments or boring political messages, just a story of life told in the great story telling expertise. Don't miss it.
This sad story of a Woman (Sienna Miller) raising her teenage daughter who is raising her own infant son. Miller is a "train wreck" of teenage motherhood, alcoholism, and bad choices and she's believable if not altogether compelling. Miller's daughter goes missing early on and she spends the rest of the film looking for her while raising her grandson on her own. She has support from her Sister Christina Hendrix and Mother Amy Madigan, but she still winds up picking abusive/cheating men as her partners. In the end this is a story that is all too frequent in America and worth watching if not memorable.
This movie was misnamed. American Women? Should be named dysfunctional women. I guess that is what Hollywood calls an American Women, Sad. The main actor was a drunk, neurotic, with no morals. She lives with an abusive man due to the fact he pays the rent, while at the same time having a sexy fling with a married man. After kicking out the abusive man.,she must find work. So she goes to a school for bookkeeping. Next, we see her as either a lawyer or Union activist, then she is a waitress. After her daughter disappears she raises her grandson. This is 3 generations of Single motherhood. The only decent people in the movie are her sister and her husband. The cop is nice as well. She has this big dramatic moment after they find her daughter dead. All-in-all, A BadMovie.
The movie is entitled, "American Woman", not "American Women"; therefore, the low reviews based on an individual's exposure to a demographic unlike the one portrayed in this film are missing the point. There are countless facets to the female experience in this country: married women, single women, women with live-in partners, wealthy women, middle-class women, poverty stricken women, women with children, women without children, pro-choice women, pro-life women, women who have domestic help, and women who are domestic help. The lifestyle portrayed in this film is real for many American women, but a woman doesn't have to be a former teen mother to experience the revolving door of losers, users, and abusers -- women in every segment of society deal with that.
Before the main character, Deb (played convincingly by Sienna Miller), became a crime victim, she was a victim of poor personal choices made in her youth -- choices that planted her firmly on a well trodden path offering nothing but struggle and, on a good day, a few limited options. Yes, she got pregnant at 16 -- a truth Deb repeats several times throughout the film. That frequently happens in America, and regardless of the 16 year-old girls who've become well paid, well recognized American reality stars precisely because of their irresponsible choices, the consequences afforded the majority are typically found in carved out existences similar to Deb's (some better, some worse).
Deb's treasured relationship with her daughter, Bridget, a teenager whose life choices obviously burdened Deb's already burdened life, was beautifully reflected in the easy banter the two shared. Although they might have ventured into conversational territory normally reserved for peer relationships, their connection was authentic. In fact, their shared sense of friendship and closeness are the same traits that seemed to be missing in the other relationships in Deb's life. For the record, I found the casting of a 26 year-old actress in the role of a 16-17 year-old to be a mistake, not a fatal mistake, but still a distraction.
Bridget was lost early on, so for the most part, we see an emotionally handicapped Deb attempting to fulfill obligations in a life that offers no long-term passes to those suffering under the hideous parental torture that comes with imagining the worst, but not actually knowing anything. Even when Bridget's disappearance is finally resolved late in the story, the film doesn't resort to shocking the audience with the grim details -- it's enough for us to read Deb's face for those answers.
The film does have periods of light and happiness, and I was invested enough in Deb's journey and character to hope that those good times would be sustained. How her one healthy romantic relationship worked out was also true to life -- she fell into a statistical category.
There's no magic, no rescue, and no happily ever after offered to Deb or the audience, but that doesn't mean she's relegated to a rusty hamster wheel. What the film does offer is the hope of renewal and the possibilities inherent in subsequent generations. Ultimately, we see Deb accessing an inner resource that has likely been strengthened with each adversity she's survived, and after resolutely closing every door that needed to be closed, she acts on that strength. That makes her the quintessential American woman.
I really resent the fact that this movie is called "American Woman." This is not the experience of the majority of American women. I feel great sympathy for those women who have lost a child the way this woman did, but again most American women do not give birth at age 17 and have that child give birth at an even younger age. What happened to the daughter was a tragedy but to throw all these elements together - the mother drinking, being promiscuous, having sex with a married man, an abusive man, a cheating man, plus the daughter falling victim to a serial killer - it's too much. This is not like ANY American woman that I know. Yes, some women do some of these things, but to include all these elements and call it "American Woman" is an insult.