American Movie Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The comedy comes at the expense of Mark, his less than scintillating friends, and his dysfunctional family.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 9, 2004
Despite Borchardt's scary self-conviction, I'm not sure we're so easily convinced he deserves to make movies--or be the star of this one.
Stefan Ulstein
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
...even losers can have dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Documentary about a Wisconsin wanna-be filmmaker is funny, honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
October 7, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 4, 2003
Smith takes care not to make fun of his subject, even though the temptation must have been there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 3, 2002
American Movie shows what it is to be an artist obsessed with creating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
January 16, 2003
When a film feels this rooted and comfortable with itself, it's hard to assail its faults -- in this case, a steadfast refusal to handle its characters with anything other than heart-shaped kid gloves.
Full Review | Original Score: B
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
Conveys the magic, the frustration, and the pressure of independent filmmaking.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
March 6, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
This hilarious, touching film is even more wonderful because it's real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
July 14, 2004
An inspiration for every dreamer with too many excuses. If this chowderhead can make his movie, you can realize your ambition, too.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Glenn Lovell
Variety
March 26, 2009
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Mark Reiter
PopMatters
January 1, 2000
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Charles Taylor
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002

E! Online
January 1, 2000

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000

Film Journal International
January 1, 2000

Movieline
January 9, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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