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American Splendor Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 26, 2003
An act of unabashed postmodern self-commentary employed to deliberately blur the distinction between the authentic Harvey Pekar and actor Paul Giamatti's faithful recreation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
August 30, 2003
While the picture is a superior depiction of the fractured mind at play, it doesn't successfully capture the nature of Harvey Pekar the way his comics have done for him all these years.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeremy Heilman
September 21, 2003
Casting itself at first as an antidote to the overly sentimental strains of Hollywood melodrama, it succumbs to formula and a facile treatment of its hero's fight with cancer.
Full Review | Original Score: 44/100
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
I can't say that the film is terrible. It has its amusing moments. But at 100 minutes it's far too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jurgen Fauth
October 8, 2003
For all of Harvey's talk about authenticity, this film is as fake as they come.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Mckay
May 8, 2004
A semi-creative biography about someone I couldn't give two sh*ts about. Grows tiresome well before the punishing third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stacie Hougland
August 17, 2003
Harvey, understandably grim and depressed given his bleak circumstances, simply isn't as fascinating a guy as the filmmakers would have you believe, and all the creative devices in the world can't convince you he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 4, 2003
There's a lot to admire in the innovative cinematic construction of American Splendor but not much to like unless you're a fan of the autobiographical comics on which it is based.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 5, 2005
I was personally a little bored with this film, and didn't exactly get into this guy's life or so-called witty quips about every day life.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
D.K. Holm
Movie Poop Shoot
August 15, 2003
Eventually, American Splendor becomes a medical drama, and descends into Brian's Song territory
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 22, 2003
The problem with post-modernism is that the end of post-modernism is the destruction of the scrutinized.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Glenn Dunks
June 4, 2014
Like Ghost World before it, Pulcini and Berman have taken an unconventional comic and given it a cinematic make-over.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 27, 2003
Part biopic, part documentary, part comic-book adaptation, the film is a hybrid film unlike any other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
... a supremely satisfying movie, a funny and humane depiction of human existence.
| Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 22, 2003
Magnificently audacious movie, in which fact and fiction sometimes coexist in the same frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
August 12, 2003
I wish more of the comic book-inspired movies were like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 29, 2003
As touching as it is achingly, hilariously prickly.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Earthy, gritty and real; for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 11, 2003
We've found our favorite comic book movie hero, and though he may have some mutantlike qualities, he doesn't wear tights or rescue anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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