American Dreamz

User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 48
  2. Negative: 23 out of 48

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  1. SusanM.
    Apr 25, 2006
    5
    I agree with Tony B, this was bland. A couple funny moments but overall it was disappointing and really missed the mark.
  2. Mase
    Apr 25, 2006
    5
    Call it a satire or a black comedy, the script sparkles at times. Getting off nice zingers mostly comming from Hugh Grant. We get a game cast all getting ample screen time, so why does this comedy miss more than hit? To much on it's plate, the movie just flat overloads. American Idol is just to easy to trash to be funny, and taking on the bush administrationand the war. has been done Call it a satire or a black comedy, the script sparkles at times. Getting off nice zingers mostly comming from Hugh Grant. We get a game cast all getting ample screen time, so why does this comedy miss more than hit? To much on it's plate, the movie just flat overloads. American Idol is just to easy to trash to be funny, and taking on the bush administrationand the war. has been done to death. I'd also like to add, how does Mandy Moore keep getting cast in films? As a do anything it takes climber hoping to become the next american idol, she stands out like a sore thumb with the rest of this cast. She just doesnt have it, she can't hold a scene with any of the more talented cast. Paul Weitz recruits Jennifer Cooldige from American Pie, this ample comdienne is wasted in a simple part. Watch however for Shohreh Aghdashloo the mother in "the house of sand and fog" in a sweet supporting role. Expand
  3. TonyB.
    Apr 22, 2006
    4
    Bland, ham-fisted topical comedy on only the most obvious of subjects.
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. A film with none of the heart that has characterized Weitz's best work and none of the freshness of his most successful.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Combining a gallery of targets including President Bush, "American Idol," the Iraq War and the overarching theme of a nation of citizens held in the thrall of phony dreams, pic and its ambitions are undermined by insistent cartoonishness and comic ineptitude.
  3. To keep his satirist’s street cred, Weitz chases the sentimentality with sour slaps at the audience. But for all its supposed outrageousness, American Dreamz has a soft center.