American Animals Reviews

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November 11, 2019
[T]hanks to first-person accounts of the real-life robbers, not to mention Layton's highly tense direction, the ambiguity of the whole piece leaves you wanting to go over it again and again.
August 19, 2019
Life imitating art is a real dynamic for these boys, as it is for the film itself (which opts for actors and thrilling heist tropes rather than a straightforward documentary).
July 15, 2019
American Animals is entertaining while answering the question most people have thought about at one time or another...If I tried to commit a crime, could I get away with it?
July 7, 2019
In his account of good Kentucky boys gone inexplicably rogue, documentarian Bart Layton puts his reality-bitten experience to good use, cutting between the actual men the boys became and an ensemble of actors playing them as their misguided 2004 selves.
June 17, 2019
Just as I remember.
May 21, 2019
By blending the fleeting thrills and real world consequences of this wild heist, American Animals is true crime at its finest.
May 16, 2019
American Animals starts off like a fun heist movie - until reality comes crashing down in a tonal shift that has no right to work as well as it does.
May 12, 2019
A bold attempt to blend fiction and fact: drawing considerably from the actual events but still find room to tell its own account.
April 24, 2019
It is an impressive launch for writer/director Bart Layton, and an involving film.
April 9, 2019
That the crime is ultimately unsuccessful isn't a shocker - the film acknowledges this within the first few moments - but this detail hardly matters, because what's so intriguing is why the boys chose to attempt this crime in the first place.
March 20, 2019
The best quasi-docu-comedy of the year so far about a gang of not-quite criminal masterminds stealing rare books.
February 8, 2019
A gripping heist movie with a surprising amount on its mind, and a film that feels tailor-made for our post-truth times.
January 28, 2019
A spectacularly playful and entertaining film that blurs the line between documentary and drama.
January 23, 2019
While the aftermath is known from the start, the trip to get there is riveting.
December 21, 2018
If you've ever daydreamed about plotting a robbery of your own, this film will remind you that you probably aren't as smart as you think you are.
November 29, 2018
While American Animals might be as ambitious as The Imposter, it fails to hit the same levels of brilliance though it remains an entertaining watch.
November 17, 2018
Real and make-believe merge seamlessly in this true story of a rare books heist by students. Even knowing the outcome it's hugely exciting, though what is most interesting is their (lack of) motivation and the real men's re-evaluation of their exploits.
November 12, 2018
You really can tell that a documentarian made this movie. That's a compliment too.
November 5, 2018
An absorbing, detailed, unintentionally humourous account of [a] hare-brained heist.
November 2, 2018
Equal parts hilarious and gut wrenching, the laughs and the tragedy ooze through both the narrative and documentary elements of the film.
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