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American Beauty Reviews

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December 19, 2019
[The skewed morality] is not a happy note. But it is a powerful one. That's the thing that makes American Beauty such a compelling feature even now.
September 27, 2019
American Beauty (1999) is a tragic, absurdist, satirical and dark domestic tale - and the debut feature film of British-London theatrical-stage director Sam Mendes.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
February 20, 2019
American Beauty wields its title as a double-edged sword -- as a profoundly harsh and ironic assertion of misplaced values and wasted lives on one side; but as a subtle statement of hope and kindness on the other
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 1, 2018
The highly entertaining dark comedy American Beauty uses its cardboard characters very well.
February 27, 2018
...magnificent, fresh, debatable, funny and tragicomic. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 22, 2015
American Beauty is deeply disturbing, acerbically funny, brilliantly acted, breathtakingly original and highly sophisticated.
February 22, 2015
A tightly coiled rage seethes beneath the pretty surface of American Beauty, a wickedly funny black comedy directed by newcomer Sam Mendes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 22, 2015
This is Spacey's best performance since he took home an Oscar for The Usual Suspects.
February 22, 2015
This seriocomic autopsy of middle-class virtue has the capacity to startle and surprise, and a gift for finding grim humor at the heart of tragedy.
February 22, 2015
This engrossing centrepiece meshes with subplots involving Burnham's dysfunctional family and unbalanced neighbours, in a virtuoso study of isolation, repression and fulfilment. Mendes infuses the lush visuals and lyrical script with dramatic panache.
February 22, 2015
The writing is acidically amusing without ever trying to conceal the loneliness at the heart, the direction a perfect frame for the characters and the wonderful performances that create them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 22, 2015
Kevin Spacey is the greatest actor of his generation, hands down, no contest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 22, 2015
The film is stunningly poignant, and when first time cinema director Mendes turns his hands to the serious aspects of the disintegration of human souls, the funny lurches to the profound with hardly a flicker of disruption.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 22, 2015
Mendes loves his performers, framing their big moments with suburban metaphors and dizzily poetic fantasies.
Read More | Original Score: A+
February 22, 2015
With its parade of neurotics, psychotics, bigots and deceivers, American Beauty is an endlessly rewatchable black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 22, 2015
A truly beautiful, poignant and brilliantly funny film, it doesn't get much better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 22, 2015
It took a British stage director to create the ultimate movie about the American family.
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May 8, 2014
Kevin Spacey gives the performance of his life.
January 28, 2014
Alan Ball's script is a terrific piece of material, and Mendes responds directly to its subversive, provocative vision of a curdled American Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 28, 2014
Mendes manages to give individuality and distinction to some extremely familiar material.
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