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Based on 29 Reviews
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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    That's why American Movie cuts so deep: It's about the American dream, about not giving up, about being true to yourself. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This thorough original is a wall-to-wall exercise in gallows humor, a movie whose full funny/sad effect doesn't hit until you reflect upon the subject and the cast of characters. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's never entirely clear whether Borchardt is also an object of ridicule for documentarian Chris Smith. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Smith's gleeful, touching documentary records the agony and the ecstasy of realizing your dream, and intangible ways that such dreams help keep people alive. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A very funny, sometimes very sad documentary. show more

  • 100
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    A revealing, intimate, quirky and generous portrait of nothing less than the American Dream. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Of all the many documentaries that take you along on a movie shoot, one of my all-time favorites is this delightfully scrappy, sometimes poignant, often hilarious show. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Hysterical-depressing, vividly sobering. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Frequently hilarious, if overlong. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It seems more a geek show than a slab of marketing wizardry. show more

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