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American Animals (2018)

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Lexington, Kentucky, 2004: Spencer and Warren dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence. They head off to colleges in the same town, haunted by the fear they may never be special in any way. Spencer is given a tour of his school's incredibly valuable rare book collection and describes it all to Warren. Suddenly, it hits them--they could pull off one of the most audacious art-thefts in recent history, from the university's special collections library. Convinced they can get away with it, they recruit two other friends. Suddenly, the dance of knowing what happens if they cross the line becomes all-consuming.

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Critic Reviews for American Animals

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Layton's attempt to complicate things only simplify them further, humiliating subjects who have already paid their debt to society. Spencer and co. haven't seen too many movies, they've just cast themselves in the wrong one.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

American Animals is ultimately a fairly straightforward heist movie, albeit a stylish and engaging one.

January 21, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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A crackerjack real-life heist thriller.

January 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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 | Full Review…
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Layton's style is in service of a story for which he never found the hook to justify telling it.

January 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The rich genre of crime film in which dumbasses get themselves in way over their heads has a proud new entry with American Animals.

January 27, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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