American Splendor Reviews

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August 27, 2018
Played to perfection by Paul Giamatti, Pekar defies the categories of hero, villain, or even anti-hero. He simply exists, an ordinary man trying to make the best of a largely disappointing life.
April 10, 2018
What makes the film special throughout is the way its form mirrors its subject matter. On every level, it's a film about unlikely marriages.
June 4, 2014
Like Ghost World before it, Pulcini and Berman have taken an unconventional comic and given it a cinematic make-over.
April 12, 2013
I can't imagine how the filmmakers went about it, let alone pulled the whole thing off, but their film comes together in unpredictable and remarkably pleasurable ways.
June 18, 2012
Underneath all this schtick pulses a restrained, pensive take on how the terrific loneliness of the modern human condition can be ameliorated through its narration. Misery loves company, in other words, especially if it's comically described.
May 10, 2012
Channels Pekar's vision of art and life as twinned struggles. One of cinema's great first-date sequences is here. We're splendidly shown how a lower-class nine-to-fiver has his own creative selves and richly expressive life.
December 21, 2010
Earthy, gritty and real; for older kids.
September 25, 2010
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's biopic about Harvey Pekar - who injected schadenfreude into the superhero-comics world - wonderfully etches one man's exploration of using misery as a creative outlet and, eventually, a critical coping mechanism.
July 14, 2010
The rare artist biopic that goes beyond the dull march of events and actually illuminates the creative process.
April 29, 2009
The film gives a charming, funny, and many times engrossing account of Pekar which will surely please fans and garner some new ones and I liked it a lot.
October 18, 2008
American Splendor is certainly one of the most complete, satisfying and entertaining hybrid of documentary and dramatisation, as well as of live action and 2D animation/comic stills.
August 20, 2008
Un film assez lent, mais au récit tout de même fort bien construit
August 18, 2008
A glorious rebuke to all this summer's recycled, effects-ridden, laboriously "fun" Hollywood disappointments piled along the wayside like so many crashed cars.
December 7, 2007
A life affirming experience, perhaps even a life changing one.
July 23, 2007
The movie is as unclassifiable as the comic -- neither documentary nor biopic, or maybe both.
July 14, 2007
Mr. Giamatti and Ms. Davis seem to feed off each other, bringing out the best performances we've seen from these actors.
April 17, 2007
We're constantly kept on our toes regarding issues of representation while Pekar's sour but indefatigible working-class skepticism carries us along.
December 30, 2006
If you can get through the confusing goings-on of the first reel, then this is a satisfying experience -- funny, touching and tragic by turns. And Giamatti deserves every award going.
February 9, 2006
Hugely enjoyable and very clever portrait of Harvey Pekar.
November 1, 2005
The blend of styles results in an edgy, touching, original story about a working-class man who channels his gloom, grime and longing into comic art
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