American Dreamz Reviews
November 20, 2019
An all-over-the-map satire of American Idol where there are enough positives to outweigh the negatives.
April 1, 2019
Still, it is gratifying to come across a mainstream film that seems happy to risk offending so many different groups. And, best of all, Weitz bravely declines to chicken out and give us a cosy ending.
April 1, 2019
Both delights and contrivances combine to provide a bombshell final reel that is at least a dozen shades darker than anyone would expect.
April 1, 2019
Still, if American Dreamz doesn't quite come together, it's more rewarding than lots of films that do. Like an episode of The Simpsons directed by Robert Altman, it's a smart, cynical sprawl.
March 15, 2018
Promising more bite than it delivers, Dreamz is pitched too broadly to get very deeply under your skin. Still, there are some smarts at work here, and it will make you laugh.
September 26, 2017
[Director Paul Weitz] daringly explores various kinds of nihilism, comparing the self-obliterating nature of both extremism and fame.
December 28, 2010
American Dreamz tries hard to be both important and farcical, but it leans a bit too much towards farce without being funny enough to pull that off either. It's decent, but uninspired.
December 30, 2006
Grant, who does a pitch-perfect Simon Cowell, is fun to watch despite his utterly artificial existence, and Moore somehow humanizes Sally, no mean feat given her callous treatment of William and shameless desire to win by any means necessary.
December 13, 2006
A comedy that delivers in every way, "American Dreamz" easily gets my vote.
September 8, 2006
In a way, this film talks out of both sides of its mouth -- lampooning and loving its targets at the same time. But most viewers, I suspect, won't mind.
June 11, 2006
It has the good sense to hold up a mirror to ourselves, only instead of making us feel guilty and stupid, it makes us feel inclusive and in on the big joke.
May 6, 2006
Cleverly written and performed, it's entertaining but uneven.
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
Weitz's rousing satire is no dream: It's the mad, mad real world of America in the year 2006.
April 26, 2006
This is a heady mix, but it sounds funnier than it plays, because it needed a Billy Wilder level of cynicism, and Weitz doesn't have anything like that.
April 25, 2006
So much potential left unused...frustrating. I walked out of American Dreamz feeling good, but it was the kind of fluffy good that this movie should have been mocking, not emulating.
April 24, 2006
[A] sharply incisive zinger that condemns the American people for... being perfectly willing to be manipulated by their leaders and their entertainers...