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Based on 37 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The rare case of a movie that gets better as it goes along. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Not as incisive a political commentary as "Thank You For Smoking," American Dreamz lampoons the public's appetite for mindless entertainment and easy distraction from serious concerns. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The movie stands as a genuine offense against the venerable and indispensable institution of satire. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The only likable characters are ebullient Omer (Sam Golzari), a show-tune-loving reluctant Iraqi suicide bomber who comes to the O.C., and earnest William (Chris Klein), an American GI wounded in Iraq, who are mirror images. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Where good satire is drawn with a surgeon's scalpel, this comedy is done with a brush broad enough to paint - or, at least, hit - the side of a barn. But in the softer realm of parody, it has a good premise, a couple of funny performances and enough giggles for a reasonably good time at the movies. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A film with none of the heart that has characterized Weitz's best work and none of the freshness of his most successful. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is more slapdash than smooth, more impulsive than calculating, and it takes cheap shots. I responded to its savage, sloppy zeal. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    American Dreamz pitches its softballs with style. Martin Tweed, the preeningly heartless British host of the title TV show, just may be the great comic role that has always eluded Hugh Grant. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This movie seems better suited as cable or video fare than for theatrical viewing. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    Grant, playing a variation on Simon Cowell, resident meanie on "American Idol" and its inspiration, Britain's "Pop Idol," does what's required with seedy panache. Yet the characterization, both as written and acted, lacks a spark. show more

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