Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    An American Affair is sordid business blandly portrayed and not worth meddling with.
  2. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    30
    Hard to say what's dumber, the premise or the characters in William Olsson's trashily preposterous An American Affair.
  3. Were it a farce instead of an earnest, paranoid thriller with pretensions to historicity, An American Affair might not seem so offensively exploitative. The fact that it is quite well acted, especially by Ms. Mol, who has the air of a sophisticated 1960s party animal down pat, only compounds the insult.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    30
    Like many aspects of An American Affair, the music and the lopsided dramatic priorities take the viewer right out of the movie.
  5. This is one of those films in which almost every element is done in such an embarrassingly amateurish way, you want to put it out of its misery.
  6. I have no idea how such shameless prattle found its way to the screen.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JayH.
    Aug 2, 2009
    7
    I don't see why this got such dreadful reviews, I thought was intriguing and well acted, particularly Gretchen Mol. I never lost interest, great cinematography. Fascinating plot. Full Review »