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American Movie Reviews

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
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
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 4, 2006
Despite some lulls in pacing, American Movie ends up an inspiring and very entertaining look at a true dreamer.
Michael Dequina
December 20, 2004
A warm and funny tribute to the passion for film as well as the drive and determination of dreamers in general.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
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.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 4, 2003
Smith takes care not to make fun of his subject, even though the temptation must have been there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jon Niccum
November 13, 2002
Like Ed Wood, this is the story of a man with debatable talent who is so artistically driven that his raw enthusiasm keeps him afloat when finances and ability conspire against him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Documentary about a Wisconsin wanna-be filmmaker is funny, honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
...even losers can have dreams.
Full Review| Original Score: A
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 3, 2002
American Movie shows what it is to be an artist obsessed with creating.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
July 2, 2002
The hook of the film is that it presents the ragtag Borchardt, a cantankerous, often disagreeable sort with the kind of freshness missing from most documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
Conveys the magic, the frustration, and the pressure of independent filmmaking.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
This hilarious, touching film is even more wonderful because it's real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The comedy comes at the expense of Mark, his less than scintillating friends, and his dysfunctional family.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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