American Splendor Reviews

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March 9, 2005
I expected more from a movie that took home gold in Cannes and wowed 'em at Sundance.
March 5, 2005
Giamatti is excellent as Pekar and Hope Davis delivers another wonderful performance as Pekar's third wife Joyce.
February 28, 2005
American Splendor, despite being interesting and likeable, is a film that could be truly enjoyed only by the fans of Harvey Pekar's work
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.
January 15, 2005
Berman and Pulcini's portrait of Pekar is primarily an affectionate one, finding nobility and heroism amidst the unhygienic details
January 8, 2005
... a supremely satisfying movie, a funny and humane depiction of human existence.
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.
September 30, 2004
It gets the mood right, but never slows enough to explore its rich, existential landscape--the cynical, ultimately humanist, musings at the heart of Pekar's comic manifestos.
August 14, 2004
There are no fireworks nor is there an extravagant send off. It's just plain ordinary and wholesomely bittersweet.
August 7, 2004
It would be a mistake to regard American Splendor as an anthem for the common man. It is the uncommon that is being celebrated here.
June 23, 2004
You wouldn't think a movie about a schlubby, perpetually depressed file clerk could be such seductive entertainment.
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.
March 1, 2004
At first it seems gimmicky, but it's really rather brilliant.
February 7, 2004
Paul Giamatti's performance as the unglamorous curmudgeon is what makes this movie truly special.
February 2, 2004
January 31, 2004
A wonderfully dry, well-crafted piece of filmmaking.
January 27, 2004
...has surprisingly captured the eccentric spunkiness of the pioneering Pekar...American Splendor is weirdly captivating in its offbeat intimacy.
January 21, 2004
An engrossing stunt in the Being John Malkovich vein, only not quite as weirdly compelling.
January 16, 2004
Inventive and blessed with uncommonly human-yet-cartoony performances, this film is one of a kind.
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