• R, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Matt D'Elia
    In Theaters:
    May 18, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 5, 2012
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American Animal Reviews

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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"American Animal" becomes a philosophically strident evening of speechifying local theater (topic: human evolution).

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 31, 2012
William Goss
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

May 18, 2012
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Self-indulgent indie about a trust-fund kid who thinks he's found the answer to the human experience. Whit Stillman it's not.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 18, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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It is well-acted and features witty repartee. Look for more good things to come from this talent.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 18, 2012
Andy Webster
New York Times
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[An] hour and a half of pretentious mind games...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 17, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

May 17, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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It's hard to tell where D'Elia's own psychotic cinephilia ends and the character's begins.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

May 15, 2012
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Bizarre, off-putting, and finally demanding of rubberneck respect...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 15, 2012
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2012
Kenji Fujishima
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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

May 14, 2012
Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal
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Personal filmmaking with ambition to burn.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 14, 2012
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies

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

Full Review Source: Screen Junkies

May 14, 2012
Eric D. Snider
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It's basically The Matt D'Elia Show, a peculiar film that takes risks and generally succeeds.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

May 14, 2012
Drew McWeeny

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.

Full Review Source: HitFix

May 14, 2012
Jessica Baxter
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

May 14, 2012
Charles Ealy
Austin American-Statesman

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.

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman

May 14, 2012
Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.1/10

May 14, 2012

New York Times
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May 24, 2012
Gabe Toro
The Playlist
May 18, 2012
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