'American Splendor' Critic Reviews

86%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   184 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    Exhilarating and big-hearted.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Elvis Mitchell New York Times (Top Critic)
    90
    Hilarious, moody and cantankerous.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    The best movie about society's untrendiest since Ghost World exactly two years ago.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    In its ugly way, it shows the purest and most transcendental form of beauty, which is just life adapting and continuing.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A marvelous, intelligent hybrid of documentary, comic book graphics and straight-ahead drama.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    100
    It's a beauty: wise, many-layered, and funny as hell.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A jazzy and humane synthesis of the comic books that Cleveland writer Harvey Pekar has for 25 years fashioned from the dross of his daily life.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    88
    As inventive as Being John Malkovich, as psychologically quirky as Ghost World and as honest as the day is long.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    I can't imagine how the filmmakers went about it, let alone pulled the whole thing off, but their film comes together in unpredictable and remarkably pleasurable ways.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Harrison Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    92
    The kind of movie that sticks with you for days, your admiration growing each time you remember it.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    92
    The real magic of American Splendor lies in the sprightly transitions, the way it takes you from one level of reality and representation to the next without missing a beat.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    As touching as it is achingly, hilariously prickly.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    It would be a mistake to regard American Splendor as an anthem for the common man. It is the uncommon that is being celebrated here.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Magnificently audacious movie, in which fact and fiction sometimes coexist in the same frame.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Mark Caro Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Harvey gets under your skin, more so than just about any of this summer's supposed movie heroes.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    We're constantly kept on our toes regarding issues of representation while Pekar's sour but indefatigible working-class skepticism carries us along.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    An offbeat collage of animation, dramatization and documentary that's a banquet of sweet-and-sour wit and grudging humanism.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    The most amazing, colossal and fantastic comic-inspired movie in years.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    An audacious mix of documentary, animation, comic and staged film that somehow finds heart and hope in the gray wash of a real life.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Funny, poignant and vitally original.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    There's a tremendous amount of cultural vitality out there in the land of the losers; American Splendor is one of the first and best films to capitalize fully on this phenomenon.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Scott Foundas Variety (Top Critic)
    It's a profound tribute to lives lived on the fringes of society -- to the introspective loners who are the most observant chroniclers of our times.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Sweet and sour treat.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    100
    If Harvey Pekar is a brilliant oddity so is the movie that tells his story.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    80
    The humour is dark but frequently funny.
    Full Review » 11 years ago