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  • Summary: The true saga of a working-class Everyman who pursues self-expression without self-censorship -- and finds a grateful audience, critical admiration, and that most remarkable of happy endings, a loving family. (Fine Line Features)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. 100
    This film is delightful in the way it finds its own way to tell its own story. There was no model to draw on, but Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who wrote and directed it, have made a great film by trusting to Pekar's artistic credo.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Produced by HBO but too good not to play theaters, this soon-to-be minor classic is the best movie about society's untrendiest since "Ghost World" exactly two years ago.
  3. In the world of comic-book movies, American Splendor is the real deal, the warts-and-all adventures of the most unlikely hero on the comic stands.
  4. The genius of the film is its utter commitment to the Pekar point of view.
  5. 88
    American Splendor reminds you that sometimes, simply getting out of bed each morning can be the most heroic of acts.
  6. The best American movie so far this year.
  7. 60
    Pekar's autobiographical chronicle of day-to-day banality is a rich, if dingy, tapestry of ordinary life in all its infinite, homely peculiarity, which filmmakers Sheri Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini bring to uniquely eccentric life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. ButteredP.
    Dec 3, 2006
    10
    I've seen this move twice and I have to say, it's one of the best I've seen in some time. A great deal of humor lies just beneath the surface, and often times, it's just the absurdity and irony of the situation that is so unbelievably funny. Very inventive mingling of real people with their onscreen correlatives, and while this may be the one movie you'd think would not stoop to a happy ending.... well, see for yourself. Expand
  2. R.Dalvi
    Apr 11, 2006
    10
    Excellent. Liked the comedy as well as the dramedy. There was the nerd thing which I liked as well. Good movie.
  3. russellkruz
    Nov 6, 2006
    10
    fantastic film.
  4. Oct 12, 2010
    7
    Large credit for the appeal of this film is the visionary direction interweaving comic drawings into the film and the masterful performance of Paul Giamatti. Deservedly received awards from independent film festivals such as Sundance. Expand
  5. ChristopherJ.
    Mar 20, 2007
    4
    I was excited about watching it, but then I didn't like it that much. It seemed to me like to much unjustified bitterness, if I remember correctly. I tried to watch it again, but I fell asleep. Expand

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