Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 37
  2. Negative: 11 out of 37
  1. 38
    It's a redundant comedy, like hearing the same tired joke for the 100th time.
  2. 38
    A cartoonish, unfocused and mostly unfunny satire.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Williams
    38
    The movie tires itself out setting up the complex plot.
  4. The writer-producer-director of American Dreamz makes nearly every mistake in the satirical book. His targets are either too easy or too dated. He's inconsistent in his attitudes toward them. His stereotypes are stale.
  5. The jokes don't just fizzle into insignificance; they flop about with gaudy ineffectualness, gasping for air like newly landed trout.
  6. The movie stands as a genuine offense against the venerable and indispensable institution of satire.
  7. Weitz co-directed the wonderful "About a Boy" in 2002, but in "Dreamz" -- a tediously facile satire -- his comic instincts fail him.
  8. 30
    This picture ain't funny. I winced three times, and gave a couple of short laughs, but that was it.
  9. 30
    The director of "American Pie" has set out to make a merciless satire of American media culture along the lines of "Network," but his ideas are so commonplace that nothing registers except the bile.
  10. Weitz doesn't have the chops for satire, let alone black comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    20
    It is definitely the weakest movie of the Weitz catalog and will certainly be forgotten faster than Hung himself.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 13 out of 25
  1. Dec 20, 2010
    2
    One of those attempts by Hollywood to be 'smart' and funny at the same time, but it is just horrid. There is barely anything funny, and at the end of the day, one just wonders why did people spend millions of dollars on such junk like this? This is not smart, this is not funny, this is not satire - it is just a piece of crap. Surprised it had some decent actors in it...Only reason it gets a 2, really. Full Review »
  2. ChristopherR.
    Sep 8, 2007
    2
    You know a movie is bad when you have nothing to do on a Saturday, and yet you still think you're wasting your time watching it. The broad sketch of the idea of the movie: cynicism, reality TV and America's foray into the Middle East, is rife with possibilities for deeply cutting, thoughtful satire, This movie hasn't an ounce of that. You find yourself rewriting scenes in your head with what they could have said and done with each setup. It was most frustrating and unfunny. Yet I doubt I'll remember anything about it in about an hour. Full Review »
  3. MattS.
    Jan 22, 2007
    2
    As satire, this movie is as effective as writing the word "idea" on a hammer and then hitting people on the head with it. The common denominator this movie aims for might actually be lower than the target audience for an Adam Sandler film. It is useful, however, as an example of how not to write satire. Full Review »