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American Animal (2012)

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50

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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54

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 238

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Jimmy is a terminally ill young man. He is also quite eccentric, bordering on plain old crazy, and starting today he has decided that he is 'happy' and no longer sick. Jimmy's roommate James is a healthy, dreamy young man. They're best friends. They live together. They don't do much of anything and they seem very happy that way. But trouble arises when it gets revealed that James will be leaving for a new job in the morning. Jimmy, feeling betrayed, is not pleased by this development. A classic,

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Drama, Comedy

Matt D'Elia

Jun 5, 2012

$5.9k

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"American Animal" becomes a philosophically strident evening of speechifying local theater (topic: human evolution).

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The film equivalent of being cornered at a house party by someone's coked-out friend of a friend until your ride home is ready to bounce.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
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It is well-acted and features witty repartee. Look for more good things to come from this talent.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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[An] hour and a half of pretentious mind games...

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's hard to tell where D'Elia's own psychotic cinephilia ends and the character's begins.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Bizarre, off-putting, and finally demanding of rubberneck respect...

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Self-indulgent indie about a trust-fund kid who thinks he's found the answer to the human experience. Whit Stillman it's not.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's best to imagine this movie as a study of three good young actors trapped in an indie film project with a yammering weirdo.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It may be baked with the same ingredients that come in your standard mumblecore starter kit, but because of Matt D'Elia's indebtedness to other movies, the film follows a different recipe altogether.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

D'Elia's debut feature is, I think, a challenge worth taking. Here, it appears, is a real emerging vision, original, gutsy, and uncompromising.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

I think American Animal is an exercise in pure creativity, as in creativity in a vacuum with no consequence of narrative.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen Junkies

American Animal deserves to be seen, but more than that, it deserves to launch D'Elia as a filmmaker of note, and I'm curious to see where he goes from here.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

The eloquent, thought-provoking dialog flows at a theatrical pace, but it doesn't feel unnatural.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's bizarre in countless ways. It's risk-taking. It's brave. It's the work of a young filmmaker who dares to be different. It'll be interesting to see what he does next.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

This ending helps make American Animal a thought-provoking debut film that, though in need of further development and refinement, shows a lot of promise.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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Given that this movie, at its core, about the line between insanity and genius, its fitting that American Animal is both incredibly insane, and yet somehow quite genius.
August 5, 2012
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