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American Animals (2018)

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AMERICAN ANIMALS is the extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. Centering on unpredictable wild child Warren (Evan Peters) and aspiring artist Spencer (Barry Keoghan), two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, the film follows the duo through college life at separate universities, as adult pressures begin to weigh heavily on their futures. Realizing their lives may never be important, they organize the brazen theft of some valuable books from the special collections library of Spencer's college, including Audubon's Birds of America, valued at $10 million. Enlisting two more friends, budding accountant Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Barry Jenner), the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen volumes, taking cues from popular heist movies. But the thieves' plans go awry, placing their bright futures in limbo.

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All Critics (19) | 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 fascinating insights of American Animals come from exploring just why these four college students decided to steal the books in the first place.

April 6, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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