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American Movie

Rated R for language and some drug content.

R In Theaters 11/5/1999 , 107min.
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Critic score based on 29 reviews

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The New York Times
The rare documentary that combines a wildly charismatic subject with an elegant structure...not-to-be-missed. Full Review
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
It's never entirely clear whether Borchardt is also an object of ridicule for documentarian Chris Smith. Full Review
David Edelstein
Slate
As I watched American Movie, a lot of it struck me as untranscendent misery. But in hindsight it seems less hopeless. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review

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