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American Dreamz Reviews

June 24, 2006
...Opting for a broad, light mood that's at complete odds with the darker potential of its political premise.
May 5, 2006
A moderately engaging satire, some of it amusing and some of it strained, but in considerable measure it reflects a strange circumstance in all our lives.
April 27, 2006
[A] satirically unbalanced in its attempted fusion of such varied targets as George Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Muslim suicide bombers, and the hosts and contestants on American Idol.
April 27, 2006
Great satires draw blood. American Dreamz barely nicks the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 24, 2006
In the words of Simon, it's a complete and utter disaster.
April 21, 2006
[Paul] Weitz co-directed the wonderful About a Boy in 2002, but in Dreamz -- a tediously facile satire -- his comic instincts fail him.
April 21, 2006
Like a commander-in-chief who's too good-naturedly dumb to be dangerous, the writer-director is ultimately too forgiving to do much bruising. (Or maybe too calculating, which kind of blurs into the same thing.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2006
Many of us have an American Dream: to go to the movies and laugh. The new comedy American Dreamz will fulfill that fantasy for some people.
April 21, 2006
American Dreamz is often a lot of fun, thanks to Weitz's cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2006
American Dreamz is the rare case of a movie that gets better as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2006
American Dreamz isn't mean enough or funny enough.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2006
It's a disappointing effort from witty writer-director Paul Weitz (American Pie, In Good Company). He tries to weave a subversive tapestry a la Nashville but only tells a story full of holes.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 21, 2006
A cartoonish, unfocused and mostly unfunny satire that doesn't come within a hundred miles of hitting its two main targets.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 21, 2006
The devilishness of satire is in the details, and [Paul] Weitz's script just isn't as funny or as consistently sharp as it should be.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2006
Most of American Dreamz has a curiously dated, been-there feel: It's a redundant comedy, like hearing the same tired joke for the 100th time.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 21, 2006
In American Dreamz, the people are stereotypes, and the context is fake: It's broad, it's thin, it's a big easy target. And ultimately, its dreamz are hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2006
A random episode of American Idol offers more comedy and drama, not to mention more disturbing insights into contemporary popular culture, than American Dreamz.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2006
American Dreamz is an often uproarious, always ambitious gutting of modern America that cuts painfully close to the truth from beginning to almost-end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 21, 2006
American Dreamz is as forgettable and lacking in insight as the great majority of dreams that trespass on our subconscious.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 21, 2006
American Dreamz pulls off that rare feat of shooting at dozens of big targets, and hitting so many of them that we want to stand up and cheer because someone even tried.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 21, 2006
As satire, American Dreamz is heavy-handed. As comedy, American Dreamz is hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 21, 2006
American Dreamz is a political satire that's eerily emblematic of the moment we're living in: smart, spring-loaded with pop culture references, and far too good-natured to do any lasting damage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2006
The jokes in American Dreamz whiz by with speed and grace, and Weitz maintains control of the material every minute.
April 20, 2006
American Dreamz lampoons the public's appetite for mindless entertainment and easy distraction from serious concerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2006
Paul Weitz's film is a seriously unfunny comedy about that intersection where politics meets entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 20, 2006
The movie is a spirited exercise in caricature rather than a cohesive comedy. Everybody's playing somebody real, but the movie never approaches reality.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 20, 2006
American Dreamz, Paul Weitz's good-natured satire of pop, politics and our bloated sense of entitlement (arguably our biggest export) lampoons the great American disconnect from reality by locating the place where all these things intersect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 20, 2006
[Director Paul Weitz's] best work comes with plenty of breathing room. But American Dreamz is too busy and plotty to afford much of that. The characters end up competing for screen time.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2006
The time is certainly ripe for a scathing black comedy about our current political life -- something on the order of, say, Dr. Strangelove. Alas, American Dreamz is not that film. Not even close.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 20, 2006
American Dreamz looks like a sitcom, plays like a sitcom and is a sitcom -- and also the riskiest political satire since Wag the Dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2006
American Dreamz, writer-director Paul Weitz's parody of both American Idol and the American presidency, is filled with dead-on detail, sharp dialogue and reasons to laugh out loud.
April 20, 2006
Everybody's so good, you find yourself wondering why the movie isn't funnier -- or riskier.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 20, 2006
Although Dreamz doesn't hold together as a seamless whole, most of its components are worth the price of admission on their own.
April 20, 2006
20 years from now, Dreamz will be a fine time capsule of who we are, and of everything that we think is 'so cool.'
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 20, 2006
The sort of satire so 'affectionate' that all of its would-be poison-tipped arrows seem to be coated in sugar.
April 19, 2006
[Paul Weitz] has made the shrewd move of staging the film on a human scale, in the homespun wackadoo spirit of a '40s screwball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 18, 2006
Is it possible to satirize something that, in and of itself, often crosses the line into self-parody?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2006
Its shallow cynicism combined with its faith that everything will turn out okay can even be said to breed complacency -- the opposite of what satire needs to do in these increasingly dark days.
April 18, 2006
American Dreamz should really have been funnier. But it's not boring.
April 17, 2006
Any attempt to defend American Dreamz for its political venom, or for the surfeit of its surreal conceits, is doomed to founder on a single, obstructive fact: this picture ain't funny.
March 23, 2006
A film with none of the heart that has characterized Weitz's best work and none of the freshness of his most successful.
March 22, 2006
Pic and its ambitions are undermined by insistent cartoonishness and comic ineptitude.