American Beauty : Critic Reviews

86
Metascore (33 reviews)
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Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Spacey, an actor who embodies intelligence in his eyes and voice, is the right choice for Lester Burnham.
100
Christopher Brandon TNT RoughCut
A dark comical masterpiece that single-handedly announces the collapse of the American family infrastructure as it exists on the brink of Y2K.
100
Bill Gallo Dallas Observer
It gracefully defies the usual categories, gets under your skin in ways you cannot anticipate, then works its way straight toward the heart. It's far and away the bravest and best movie of the year.
90
Peter Brunette Film.com
Hilarious, slightly sick, and super-edgy ...the acting of its two principals, Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey, is so sublime that it's worth seeing on that grounds alone.
90
Desson Thomson Washington Post
Hilarious, painful and brutally frank.
83
Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian
Though excellent in many ways, American Beauty is, finally, an uneasy mix of assured technique and simplistic satire.
80
Richard Schickel Time
Kevin Spacey (gives) a truly great performance.
80
Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly
Surprises you with a kind of hardheaded romanticism.
75
David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor
A ruthless dissection of suburban malaise.
63
Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner
A satire whose dead aim stops wounding - and starts making - stereotypes of white middle-classness.

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