• PG-13, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Paul Weitz
    In Theaters:
    Apr 21, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 3, 2006
  • Universal Pictures


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American Dreamz Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

American Dreamz tries hard to be both important and farcical, but it leans a bit too much towards farce without being funny enough to pull that off either. It's decent, but uninspired.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

December 28, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

The pieces are all in place for a slashing Preston Sturges jamboree. All that's missing are balls

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Weitz and crew almost create a "Satire for Dummies" film, featuring gags and social commentary that are neither funny, nor edgy...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Cole Smithey

Writer/Director Paul Wietz ("In Good Company") tries his hand at creating a topical satire of our current American social-political crisis and comes up far short of capturing the brutal climate of a country running on the fumes of its dismembered civil ri

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D

April 20, 2009
Jette Kernion

Did writer-director Paul Weitz think that U.S. audiences would be too dumb to appreciate actual satire?

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 8, 2007
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A comedy that delivers in every way, "American Dreamz" easily gets my vote.

Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Viewers are left with nearly two hours of dull, rather obvious gags.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 2/4

November 30, 2006
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today

In a way, this film talks out of both sides of its mouth -- lampooning and loving its targets at the same time. But most viewers, I suspect, won't mind.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2006
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

After a promising start, the film visibly deflates before your eyes, as joke after joke falls flat and Weitz himself seems to forget why he thought the premise was funny in the first place.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 7, 2006
Anna Smith
Time Out
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...Opting for a broad, light mood that's at complete odds with the darker potential of its political premise.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Collin Souter

It has the good sense to hold up a mirror to ourselves, only instead of making us feel guilty and stupid, it makes us feel inclusive and in on the big joke.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 11, 2006
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

There's the seed of a good satire in American Dreamz, but the film flops spectacularly due to a poorly written screenplay.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: D+

May 13, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A satire that sets its sights too high and elicits only a few laughs here and there.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2006
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

his movie, full of easy swipes at easy targets, comes off like that overly chummy guy at a party who got drunk too early and goes around taking too long to set up a joke that's already been beaten to death.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2006
Jackie K. Cooper

Dreamz is a nightmare!

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10

May 7, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Cleverly written and performed, it's entertaining but uneven.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 6, 2006

Subtlety and sincerity go out the window in favour of crass stereotypes and easy jibes ...

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2006
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

... American Dreamz is kind of all over the place from the beginning.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2006

Empire Magazine

For all its misguided qualities, the movie is at least perfectly cast.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2006
Joe Utichi

There's a brilliant movie here somewhere, but it's never quite brought out.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2006
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