American Splendor Reviews

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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.
July 14, 2010
The rare artist biopic that goes beyond the dull march of events and actually illuminates the creative process.
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.
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.
February 9, 2006
Hugely enjoyable and very clever portrait of Harvey Pekar.
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.
December 23, 2003
Sweet, funny and off-kilter, American Splendor blurs the boundaries between documentary and drama, creating something striking and original.
September 12, 2003
If Harvey Pekar is a brilliant oddity so is the movie that tells his story.
September 12, 2003
Harvey's virtues are less obvious, but American Splendor eventually makes his old-fashioned American cussedness seem like a form of heroism.
August 29, 2003
Reminds you that sometimes, simply getting out of bed each morning can be the most heroic of acts.
August 29, 2003
The kind of movie that sticks with you for days, your admiration growing each time you remember it.
August 29, 2003
An audacious mix of documentary, animation, comic and staged film that somehow finds heart and hope in the gray wash of a real life.
August 29, 2003
Codirectors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who have three traditional documentaries on their resume, do a good job of keeping the various Harveys and Joyces from bumping into each other.
August 29, 2003
Wildly original and entertaining.
August 29, 2003
As touching as it is achingly, hilariously prickly.
August 29, 2003
It's an experience that's deeply human and profoundly moving.
August 28, 2003
Funny, poignant and vitally original.
August 28, 2003
The real magic of American Splendor lies in the sprightly transitions, the way it takes you from one level of reality and representation to the next without missing a beat.
August 28, 2003
Thrillingly inventive, charming when it needs to be, prickly when it has to be and, like a potter's wheel, constantly in motion as it shapes celluloid into visual art.
August 22, 2003
It's a humane and witty treatment of an average life that, incidentally, speaks to the worth and inherent drama of average lives.
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