Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Plato's Retreat was a buffet of bodies, and the film catches the moment America could think that was tasty.
  2. 75
    Doesn't have a particularly well-defined point of view, but it is a succinct, entertaining and valuable record of a time that in some ways now seems as remote as the Roaring '20s.
  3. 75
    American Swing could use the flair of similar portraits of disco-era debauchery like "Boogie Nights" or "Inside Deep Throat," but it’s even-handed in capturing the operation’s ambition and hubris. Just don’t bring an appetite.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    Often engrossing and humorous.
  5. Directors Jon Hart and Matthew Kaufman don’t delve deeply enough into the psyche of club founder Larry Levenson or the culture he exploited. But they do present an entertaining snapshot of his brief reign as New York’s self-appointed King of Swing.
  6. The film tries--and fails--to swing both ways, nostalgically glorifying its subject only to smugly revel in Levenson's ignominious demise.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    But even a comic spin on grimace-inducing tales of the icky buffet, the "mattress room" (whatever you're imagining, that's it) and Levenson's own buffoonish image as a 10-ladies-a-night player -- "He never read a book," Al Goldstein cracks -- can't keep an unexplored sadness from slithering in amid the orgy of upbeat testimonials.
  8. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Mathew Kaufman and Jon Hart's documentary is just functionally assembled, lacking the style or larger social context that distinguished similar studies like "Inside Deep Throat."
  9. It leaves you feeling queasy.
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  1. DanteB.
    Mar 30, 2009
    I liked it alot. Obviously, there wasn't a huge budget but the story and people were engrossing enough to carry the film. i thought some of the critics got it wrong. This movie defies them precisely because it is a just-do-it philosophy, it doesn't try to present a political or societal point of view, which I quite enjoyed. Sex used to be fun without all the head trips. Full Review »
  2. BillW.
    Mar 27, 2009
    The New York Daily News gave this three stars and yet the score in the list is only a 60 for that review. I thought three-star reviews were given a 75 score. Can you check this? The mislabeling of the review brought the overall score down to a 60 when it should be much higher. Full Review »