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American Movie Reviews

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Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.

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
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
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.
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

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 16, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
March 6, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jon Niccum
Pitch.com
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
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Documentary about a Wisconsin wanna-be filmmaker is funny, honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
October 7, 2002
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