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American: The Bill Hicks Story Reviews

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Dan Jardine
January 12, 2014
It is a bit of a revelation to realize that Hicks, who would develop into one of the angriest and edgiest standup comedians of his time, was once such a clean-cut and straight young man.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 16, 2013
The greatest strength of this film is that the directors did not overly glorify Hicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 8, 2011
Directors Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas work wonders with the old photos, animating and enhancing them to simulate Hicks' excellent adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
July 1, 2011
American plays less like a primer than a devotional, a dangerous thing for a satirist committed to "evolving ideas."
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2011
It's greatness as a documentary is debatable, but as a eulogy, it's damn near unparalleled.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 20, 2011
If you have any sort of interest in stand-up comedy, this is as fine a documentary as you will see on the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 10, 2011
Hicks deserves a truly great documentary, but for now this one will do.
Andy Klein
Brand X
May 17, 2011
Rather than simply panning around within still photos, [the filmmakers] have taken images apart by computer and composited them, even moving bits around. ... It's a weird way to recreate missing events, but it's not as dishonest as it sounds.
Brent Simon
May 12, 2011
Documentary American is stylishly told, but engaging chiefly because comedic wunderkind Bill Hicks is a bundle of contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 29, 2011
Gracefully walking the line between fan-friendly greatest hits package and newcomer-friendly biopic...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Bell
Film Threat
April 28, 2011
One of the marvels of this documentary, and Bill's life, really, is that it packs so much in such a small window of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle
April 22, 2011
They bring Hicks back to life, his rants still sounding fresh and brilliant. Scorched ears never felt so good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 22, 2011
A very entertaining examination of Hicks' life and legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 15, 2011
American: The Bill Hicks Story is not the last word on this enduring figure in comedy, but it's certainly the most personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Leydon
April 15, 2011
Ultimately, the doc comes off as yet another reminder that, in showbiz and elsewhere, one of the greatest tragedies in life is unfulfilled promise.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2011
A portrait of the short-lived artist that will move fans while letting the uninitiated witness enough onstage highlights to leave them wanting more.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 15, 2011
In the stand-up world, to be a cerebral comic in America is to invite anonymity. In his short life, Bill Hicks extended that invitation and, more or less, it was accepted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
April 15, 2011
Hicks had a great voice -- lucid, perceptive and outraged -- and it's great to hear it again.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2011
Posthumous albums and now this film are securing his legacy and enduring influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
April 14, 2011
The movie's appeal extends to the manner of its construction; it's an almost hypnotic kind of hybrid animation in which hundreds of photographs of Hicks in various poses and at various stages in his life are grafted onto two-dimensional backgrounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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