DreamWorks Distribution | Release Date: September 15, 1999 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
86
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 33 Critics
Positive:
30
Mixed:
3
Negative:
0
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100
A dark comical masterpiece that single-handedly announces the collapse of the American family infrastructure as it exists on the brink of Y2K.
100
A flat-out masterpiece, surely the best movie of the year; indeed, an all-time classic.
100
A triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description...the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts.
100
A movie that will endure.
88
Remarkably astute and devastatingly funny.
88
I've got to admit it's a stunner.
83
Though excellent in many ways, American Beauty is, finally, an uneasy mix of assured technique and simplistic satire.
80
Kevin Spacey (gives) a truly great performance.
75
Mendes nonetheless works this screenplay like a jazz virtuoso plays with a familiar theme such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb."