American Animals Reviews

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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.
November 1, 2018
This slick caper boasts a unique storytelling approach and gripping moments of high tension but struggles with pacing and periphery character development.
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 25, 2018
The story is quite compelling, and Layton handles the scenes with the four actors quite efficiently, delivering a solid heist picture that checks off all the boxes in the genre.
October 24, 2018
What initially appears to be a slight, if entertaining, true-crime heist romp, in fact, hides untold depths in a muscular offering.
October 23, 2018
Having already blurred the lines between drama and documentary with his Bafta-winning 2012 debut The Imposter, Bart Layton now mashes them together to audacious effect.
October 16, 2018
It is a popcorn movie dripping with arthouse flair, and populated with intriguing and complex characters, be they real or performed.
October 11, 2018
Just sit back and enjoy the ride. Backed by a killer soundtrack, American Animals is an exhilarating and bloody good movie from start to finish.
October 10, 2018
Layton entwines documentary and performance to create a true-crime heist film. The result is something that feels experimental.
October 8, 2018
American Animals is anything but your ordinary crime thriller.
October 7, 2018
American Animals is an incredibly smart take on perception and what it means to truthfully recount and tell a story as it happened
October 5, 2018
Wildly, gleefully entertaining; I can't recommend it enough ... Layton sets up and maintains a terrific, jovial tone, and even when things get heavy, we're allowed to enjoy the ride. [His] incredible score with The Imposter was no fluke; he's big league.
October 5, 2018
Layton has a very contemporary skepticism that suits the era of fake news: a feeling that even - and perhaps especially - factual events become campfire stories destined to be misrepresented.
October 5, 2018
American Animals is a different kind of movie, a truly electrifying story with purpose and meaning but one that has also given us a new form of storytelling.
October 4, 2018
It's a clever movie, but not too clever. It's also thoughtful and engrossing, weird as hell. And it's true - or truer than most films that claim that label.
October 3, 2018
A fine movie which would also make for a ripping multi-part podcast.
October 3, 2018
Regardless of the over-speculation, the movie works when it's hilarious and intense because we are invested in the result of the unlikely caper. After a long build-up, it's the boys' actions that matter most.
October 3, 2018
Don't get it twisted: American Animals isn't merely a thought experiment about who gets to claim ownership of the truth. It's also a cracking heist flick.
October 3, 2018
While [the] dedicated cast works hard to make the characters seem real, they're never anything but unpleasant and staggeringly deluded.
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