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American Animals Reviews

June 13, 2018
Takes a mild curiosity from a long-ago news cycle and elevates it into something singularly fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 8, 2018
A narrative drama wherein beats the heart of a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2018
"American Animals" is fascinating, funny and, in the end, deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 7, 2018
"American Animals" evokes the feeling of an anxiety dream, specifically the common one in which you know you've done something bad and irrevocable and now must live with the consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 7, 2018
Thanks to Layton's filmmaking choices, "American Animals" ends up being not so much a crime movie as an examination of truth and memory, as well as blame and responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 6, 2018
The drama palpably, potently conveys the group's misgivings, their jangling nerves, the foolhardy resignation pushing them on despite themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2018
A stylish and engaging caper.
June 1, 2018
Confusing? Not a bit. Writer/director Bart Layton employs all the tricks in the docufiction playbook...[to] create a uniquely tricky heist flick and he makes sure the audience can keep up.
June 1, 2018
How you feel about this film hinges solely on whether you think this redemption is warranted. I did not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 1, 2018
It's a film that tosses questions at the viewer with no interest in answering them, one that can't decide if it feels for its subjects or just wants to mock their incompetence.
June 1, 2018
American Animals is one fact-based heist frolic with a youthful slant that works in spite of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2018
The holes in the script are a pesky issue, but filmmaker Bart Layton's blend of recreations and real-life participants commenting on the action gives this true-crime comedy an edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2018
But the robbery isn't sophisticated enough on its own to hold one's interest, and [director Bart] Layton's tactic of cutting to the members of the real-life robbery team, and having them weigh in on the action, short-circuits the film's electricity.
May 31, 2018
Writer-director Bart Layton's slick, music-fueled assemblage of recreated narrative and documentary manages to be as deftly comic and suspenseful as the bank job movies from which Layton, and the incident's perpetrators, took inspiration.
Top Critic
May 31, 2018
Stuffed with references to classic crime flicks, American Animals is British writer-director Bart Layton's clever and assured bid to rival Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino.
May 31, 2018
While the participants in "American Animals" only imagine they're different, the film about them is the real deal.
May 30, 2018
Although this might not all tonally flow, it's clear you're watching a dazzling new directorial career taking flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2018
It's a mundane stupid-crime story decked out with empty postmodern frills.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 30, 2018
There is something soulless and mechanical about "American Animals," as if it had been made by a Martin Scorsese smartphone app and scored to a Spotify classic rock playlist.
May 29, 2018
The movie turned my stomach.
May 29, 2018
Layton roots the story in a mixture of peer pressure, toxic masculinity, and the dread of young men who feel the fruits of capitalism growing beyond their reach.
May 28, 2018
Bart Layton's movie tells a true story, more or less, with an emphasis on the stories that the characters tell themselves, and the inevitable trouble that ensues.
May 24, 2018
American Animals feels like a new kind of true-crime thriller: one that shamelessly rewrites its truths in real time as it goes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 16, 2018
Director Bart Layton's heist yarn is an exhilarating exercise in art imitating life (that was imitating art).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 22, 2018
American Animals is fiercely entertaining from start to finish, even when its characters are acting so dumb that you start to suspect they still have some more evolving to do.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
January 21, 2018
American Animals is ultimately a fairly straightforward heist movie, albeit a stylish and engaging one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 21, 2018
A crackerjack real-life heist thriller.
Top Critic
January 20, 2018
A riveting college-boy crime caper that tiggers along on pure movie-movie adrenalin, before U-turning into a sobering reflection on young male privilege and entitlement.
January 20, 2018
Layton's style is in service of a story for which he never found the hook to justify telling it.