42 reviews · Provided by Metacritic.com
- 100The Film StageRory O'ConnorThe Film StageRory O'ConnorIt’s visually astonishing and often devastating, too. This might be the freshest film about young people in America since Larry Clark’s Kids.
- 100VarietyGuy LodgeVarietyGuy LodgePart dreamy millennial picaresque, part distorted tapestry of Americana and part exquisitely illustrated iTunes musical, “Honey” daringly commits only to the loosest of narratives across its luxurious 162-minute running time. Yet it’s constantly, engrossingly active, spinning and sparking and exploding in cycles like a Fourth of July Catherine wheel.
- 70The Hollywood ReporterDavid RooneyThe Hollywood ReporterDavid RooneyThe film works best as a poignant character study, observing Star as she settles into her independence and figures out who she wants to be, framed by a vast physical landscape that stretches socioeconomically from privileged wealth to squalid poverty. There's a wonderful intimacy in the way Arnold examines young women in her films.
- 60Time Out LondonDave CalhounTime Out LondonDave CalhounIt's a bold film, full of energy and spunk, but a patchy, half-formed, rambling one too.
- 60Screen DailyJonathan RomneyScreen DailyJonathan RomneyWhile American Honey exudes ample energy, this episodic piece doesn’t muster much narrative drive over its daunting running time of two and three quarter hours. There’s probably a stronger, tighter film in here, but fair game at least to Arnold in her commitment to following the winding back roads of filmic experiment rather than the well-mapped highway of storytelling.
- 40CineVueJohn BleasdaleCineVueJohn BleasdaleAmerican Honey ticks off all of the indie clichés. Fireworks? Check. Standing up in convertible with your arms outstretched? Check. Grubby children? Check. But all of this could be forgiven, or at least put up with, if the film wasn't so long and meandering.