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American Splendor Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

An act of unabashed postmodern self-commentary employed to deliberately blur the distinction between the authentic Harvey Pekar and actor Paul Giamatti's faithful recreation.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

July 26, 2003
Brian Orndorf

While the picture is a superior depiction of the fractured mind at play, it doesn't successfully capture the nature of Harvey Pekar the way his comics have done for him all these years.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

August 30, 2003
Jeremy Heilman

Casting itself at first as an antidote to the overly sentimental strains of Hollywood melodrama, it succumbs to formula and a facile treatment of its hero's fight with cancer.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 44/100

September 21, 2003
Tony Medley

I can't say that the film is terrible. It has its amusing moments. But at 100 minutes it's far too long.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/10

October 7, 2004
Jurgen Fauth

For all of Harvey's talk about authenticity, this film is as fake as they come.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 8, 2003
Brian Mckay

A semi-creative biography about someone I couldn't give two sh*ts about. Grows tiresome well before the punishing third act.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 8, 2004
Stacie Hougland

Harvey, understandably grim and depressed given his bleak circumstances, simply isn't as fascinating a guy as the filmmakers would have you believe, and all the creative devices in the world can't convince you he is.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

August 17, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

There's a lot to admire in the innovative cinematic construction of American Splendor but not much to like unless you're a fan of the autobiographical comics on which it is based.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 4, 2003
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I was personally a little bored with this film, and didn't exactly get into this guy's life or so-called witty quips about every day life.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 6/10

February 5, 2005
D.K. Holm
Movie Poop Shoot

Eventually, American Splendor becomes a medical drama, and descends into Brian's Song territory

Full Review Source: Movie Poop Shoot

August 15, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The problem with post-modernism is that the end of post-modernism is the destruction of the scrutinized.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 22, 2003
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Part biopic, part documentary, part comic-book adaptation, the film is a hybrid film unlike any other.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 27, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a supremely satisfying movie, a funny and humane depiction of human existence.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A-

January 8, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Magnificently audacious movie, in which fact and fiction sometimes coexist in the same frame.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 22, 2003
James Berardinelli
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I wish more of the comic book-inspired movies were like this.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 12, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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As touching as it is achingly, hilariously prickly.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 29, 2003
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Earthy, gritty and real; for older kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

December 21, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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I can't imagine how the filmmakers went about it, let alone pulled the whole thing off, but their film comes together in unpredictable and remarkably pleasurable ways.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 12, 2013
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

We've found our favorite comic book movie hero, and though he may have some mutantlike qualities, he doesn't wear tights or rescue anyone.

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

September 11, 2003
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

Wildly original, fiercely funny, refreshingly unsentimental and so loyal to its source material that it splashes the real Harvey Pekar with abandon across the screen.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: A

September 19, 2003
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