American Movie Reviews

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November 28, 2017
See this film. You will laugh your head off.
August 15, 2017
. . .American Movie remains a peerless feature doc. 17 years after its initial release, it remains a vital part of the non-fiction canon, a warm look at artistic folly that speaks to the delusional dreamer in all of us.
September 7, 2011
September 1, 2009
With American Movie, director Chris Smith finds the heart of cinema in the unlikely environs of Milwaukee.
May 19, 2008
much more fun than the actual short film
December 4, 2006
Despite some lulls in pacing, American Movie ends up an inspiring and very entertaining look at a true dreamer.
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
October 5, 2005
December 20, 2004
A warm and funny tribute to the passion for film as well as the drive and determination of dreamers in general.
July 14, 2004
An inspiration for every dreamer with too many excuses. If this chowderhead can make his movie, you can realize your ambition, too.
June 9, 2004
Despite Borchardt's scary self-conviction, I'm not sure we're so easily convinced he deserves to make movies--or be the star of this one.
August 4, 2003
Smith takes care not to make fun of his subject, even though the temptation must have been there.
July 30, 2003
July 16, 2003
May 14, 2003
March 6, 2003
January 16, 2003
When a film feels this rooted and comfortable with itself, it's hard to assail its faults -- in this case, a steadfast refusal to handle its characters with anything other than heart-shaped kid gloves.
December 8, 2002
December 8, 2002
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