American Dreamz Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2006
American Dreamz isn't mean enough or funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2006
What if they threw a satire and no jokes came? This is the question American Dreamz answers in its interminable running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 18, 2006
Is it possible to satirize something that, in and of itself, often crosses the line into self-parody?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 20, 2006
[Director Paul Weitz's] best work comes with plenty of breathing room. But American Dreamz is too busy and plotty to afford much of that. The characters end up competing for screen time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 24, 2006
When the most sympathetic character in the movie is a potential suicide bomber, you know something's wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 23, 2006
You won't know whether or not to recommend it to your friends. They'll ask you if it was good or bad, and you'll only be able to respond with "yes."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
The pieces are all in place for a slashing Preston Sturges jamboree. All that's missing are balls
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 21, 2006
In American Dreamz, the people are stereotypes, and the context is fake: It's broad, it's thin, it's a big easy target. And ultimately, its dreamz are hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
April 19, 2006
Comes across like a bad 'Saturday Night Live' political sketch, dragged on for way too long ... a lot of great talent wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 24, 2006
In the words of Simon, it's a complete and utter disaster.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 20, 2006
Even when Dreamz was clicking, I couldn't help wondering what a more ruthless filmmaker like Alexander Payne (Election) or even Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman) might have done with this material.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
April 20, 2006
It's not really a cynical or outrageous point of view, but just a really lazy one, and offensively, exploitatively so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
April 20, 2006
The President is a boob in this lazy rip-off. Not funny except for one gem: the angry Arab gay cousin with a dream Weitz steals from him.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 20, 2006
Paul Weitz's film is a seriously unfunny comedy about that intersection where politics meets entertainment.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
April 21, 2006
American Dreamz struggles so mightily to be clever it forgets to be competent.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 17, 2006
American Dreamz suffers from an overabundance of subplots and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 20, 2009
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 | Original Score: D
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
April 23, 2006
The off-the-cuff slaphappy material feels too stretched out and relentlessly spotty to emphasize any pinpoint intellectual political humor. Slight in its sarcastic overtones...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Weitz and crew almost create a "Satire for Dummies" film, featuring gags and social commentary that are neither funny, nor edgy...
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
May 6, 2006
There's a brilliant movie here somewhere, but it's never quite brought out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
May 6, 2006
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 6, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 27, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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