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American: The Bill Hicks Story Reviews

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
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.
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.
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
April 14, 2011
Posthumous albums and now this film are securing his legacy and enduring influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
April 7, 2011
Recounts a bright-burning life while leaving us mostly in the dark.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 7, 2011
It's heavy on facts, but short on insight -- a surface-level look at a performer of extraordinary depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
April 7, 2011
Like Man In The Moon, American applies a thick gloss of reverence and sentimentality to the story of a comic pioneer who made his living challenging the kinds of neat, convenient, slickly packaged narratives presented here.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 6, 2011
Hicks's shtick is so good and his life so ordinary that it's hard to escape the feeling that we might've been better off just watching a compilation of the groundbreaking funnyman's work.
May 13, 2010
Even those who shrug at his combative style of humour won't be able to deny that this is a model of detailed and distanced biographical filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5