• R, 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sam Mendes
    In Theaters:
    Oct 1, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 2, 2002
  • Dream Works


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American Beauty Reviews

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One of the most startling, brilliant pictures to come out of a major studio in many years.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 20, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

An elusive and allusive work of art that won't be pinned down easily.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Recently, Happiness and Election have taken pot shots at suburban morals and ethics, but none has hit so close to the bone and so on-target as American Beauty.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2007
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's like Norman Bates getting good advice from Mother.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2/4

May 23, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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As the latest mainstream movie symptom of our premillennial malaise, American Beauty is so brilliantly acted, written, directed and visualized that for all its despondency and despair, it is a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

An incisive if over-the-top take on familial dysfunction.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 4, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Above all, "American Beauty" is about finding peace and a sense of wonder in the least likely of places, such as your inner torment or, failing that, perhaps a floating plastic bag.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

August 25, 2006
Emanuel Levy

Brit Sam Mendes makes an impressive directorial debut with a glossy, well-acted satire of the American burbs, a theatrically stylized meditation that combines the zeitgeist of 1950s Eisnehower with that of 1990s Clinton.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

July 29, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Dark, intelligent, scandalous, emotional, and truthful -- one of the year's best.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

May 26, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Director Mendes guides an artful path between desire and self-disgust, playing youth against experience, male against female.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This is what movies are all about.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A

April 9, 2005
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Complexity, say quite a few of my colleagues. Lies, I say.

Full Review Source: The Nation

March 3, 2005
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

As the world changed in the past five years, so did the relevance of American Beauty.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

February 16, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

A stylish film about an American family that pretends to be moral and enlightened, but revels in its mean-spirited sarcasm and its championing of self-interest.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: C-

December 6, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Like Network in the 1970s and Ordinary People in the '80s, American Beauty is a scathing reflection of contemporary American life.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 4/4

June 22, 2004
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Spacey's style and delivery save the film time after time.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Filled with moments of uncommon intelligence, sensitivity, truth and wit, American Beauty is an instant American classic.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: A

January 16, 2003
Anthony Miele
Film Threat

It is a great film and will definitely be regarded as one of the best films of the 90's ... right next to Titanic.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 8, 2002
Kevin Jackson
Sight and Sound

Time and again, you fear Mendes won't be able to sustain such a confident shuffling of his pack, but somehow he does, and for once the result is a genuine surprise.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

December 2, 2002
James Rocchi

There's so much right -- and so much wrong -- with this lauded, scathing look at suburban discontent.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
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