American Splendor Reviews

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.
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.
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.
October 8, 2003
For all of Harvey's talk about authenticity, this film is as fake as they come.
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.
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.
August 22, 2003
The problem with post-modernism is that the end of post-modernism is the destruction of the scrutinized.
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.
August 15, 2003
Eventually, American Splendor becomes a medical drama, and descends into Brian's Song territory
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.
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.