While An American Rhapsody too often plays as a well-made television feature, the film is imbued with enough attention to detail and unfettered affection by writer/director Eva Gardos to be a memorable account of displacement and assimilation. The first half of the film is especially strong, effectively detailing the family dynamic of its central story, and succinctly illustrating the struggle of a youngster's unforeseen culture clash. The film goes flat in its second half, however, where the characters experience unexplained emotional changes; Scarlet Johansson's performance as the older Suzanne lacks focus and fails to convince the audience that she is a genuinely rebellious sort. Still, the personal nature of the story is well realized and the film's earnest depiction of its events is actually a credit. Rhapsody never attempts to be too sprawling or too epic, which gives it an appealing quaintness. The film opened the 2001 Nantucket Film Festival.