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American Animal Reviews

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2012
"American Animal" becomes a philosophically strident evening of speechifying local theater (topic: human evolution).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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William Goss
Film.com
May 18, 2012
The film equivalent of being cornered at a house party by someone's coked-out friend of a friend until your ride home is ready to bounce.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
May 18, 2012
Self-indulgent indie about a trust-fund kid who thinks he's found the answer to the human experience. Whit Stillman it's not.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 18, 2012
It is well-acted and features witty repartee. Look for more good things to come from this talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
May 17, 2012
[An] hour and a half of pretentious mind games...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 17, 2012
It's best to imagine this movie as a study of three good young actors trapped in an indie film project with a yammering weirdo.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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David Fear
Time Out
May 15, 2012
It's hard to tell where D'Elia's own psychotic cinephilia ends and the character's begins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 15, 2012
Bizarre, off-putting, and finally demanding of rubberneck respect...
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
May 14, 2012
It may be baked with the same ingredients that come in your standard mumblecore starter kit, but because of Matt D'Elia's indebtedness to other movies, the film follows a different recipe altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
May 14, 2012
D'Elia's debut feature is, I think, a challenge worth taking. Here, it appears, is a real emerging vision, original, gutsy, and uncompromising.
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Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal
May 14, 2012
Personal filmmaking with ambition to burn.
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
May 14, 2012
I think American Animal is an exercise in pure creativity, as in creativity in a vacuum with no consequence of narrative.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 14, 2012
It's basically The Matt D'Elia Show, a peculiar film that takes risks and generally succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
May 14, 2012
American Animal deserves to be seen, but more than that, it deserves to launch D'Elia as a filmmaker of note, and I'm curious to see where he goes from here.
Jessica Baxter
Film Threat
May 14, 2012
The eloquent, thought-provoking dialog flows at a theatrical pace, but it doesn't feel unnatural.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charles Ealy
Austin American-Statesman
May 14, 2012
It's bizarre in countless ways. It's risk-taking. It's brave. It's the work of a young filmmaker who dares to be different. It'll be interesting to see what he does next.
Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine
May 14, 2012
This ending helps make American Animal a thought-provoking debut film that, though in need of further development and refinement, shows a lot of promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.1/10
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