American Animals Reviews

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January 19, 2019
Never manages to balance the documentary and drama elements to make a meaningful whole.
November 6, 2018
[It] sounds like a fascinating tale on the surface of it. Regrettably, when given the gold star treatment it becomes clear that the players and events are not nearly so interesting as the film would have you believe.
October 29, 2018
The problem with American Animals is that Bart Layton is too often enamored with his own style at the expense of having anything of value to say.
October 3, 2018
While [the] dedicated cast works hard to make the characters seem real, they're never anything but unpleasant and staggeringly deluded.
August 20, 2018
A tonal mess of a movie that highlights inconsistencies between differing perspectives, while also reveling in the outright absurdity of what becomes an overly complicated plot.
July 11, 2018
Though ambitious, this documentary-feature hybrid, which includes both actors and the real-life characters they play, fails to fully engage or inspire much empathy.
July 3, 2018
Falling well short of a cautionary tale, the message declines from respecting others to just stop being stupid.
June 28, 2018
The film offers a window into the millennial advent of purely nihilistic materialism.
June 22, 2018
This sort of self-awareness usually works on me like catnip, but Layton's concept of meta-cinema feels extremely basic.
June 21, 2018
It hits the usual genre beats, and plays a predictable rock soundtrack as it lurches between comedy and drama, but neither the story nor the characters really mesh.
June 15, 2018
The most repugnant aspect of American Animals is the limitless sympathy it offers the privileged criminals who are its primary characters...
June 8, 2018
The stylistic gambles that Layton takes pay off in that they add depth to what is a shallow story about young American ennui. However, the movie's artistic merits are not enough to make the men at the center of the story worth caring about.
June 6, 2018
The film squanders [its] potential.
June 6, 2018
There's a psychological examination worth pursuing here, but "American Animals" is too soft on the subjects and the filmmaking draws attention to itself.
June 1, 2018
How you feel about this film hinges solely on whether you think this redemption is warranted. I did not.
June 1, 2018
It's a film that tosses questions at the viewer with no interest in answering them, one that can't decide if it feels for its subjects or just wants to mock their incompetence.
May 31, 2018
But the robbery isn't sophisticated enough on its own to hold one's interest, and [director Bart] Layton's tactic of cutting to the members of the real-life robbery team, and having them weigh in on the action, short-circuits the film's electricity.
May 30, 2018
It's a mundane stupid-crime story decked out with empty postmodern frills.
May 30, 2018
There is something soulless and mechanical about "American Animals," as if it had been made by a Martin Scorsese smartphone app and scored to a Spotify classic rock playlist.
May 29, 2018
The movie turned my stomach.
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