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Summary Provoked by forbidden passions, Lester Burnham (Spacey) decides to make a few changes in his rut of a life, changes that are less midlife crisis than adolescence reborn. The freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to his wife, Carolyn (Bening), and daughter Jane (Birch) --especially when he turns his lustful gaze...

Directed By: Sam Mendes

Written By: Alan Ball

American Beauty
Metascore Universal Acclaim Based on 34 Critic Reviews
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84
User Score Universal Acclaim Based on 1,118 User Ratings
8.8
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Summary Provoked by forbidden passions, Lester Burnham (Spacey) decides to make a few changes in his rut of a life, changes that are less midlife crisis than adolescence reborn. The freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to his wife, Carolyn (Bening), and daughter Jane (Birch) --especially when he turns his lustful gaze...

Directed By: Sam Mendes

Written By: Alan Ball

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Metascore
Universal Acclaim Based on 34 Critic Reviews
84
88% Positive
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9% Mixed
3 Reviews
3% Negative
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Metascore
Universal Acclaim Based on 34 Critic Reviews
84
88% Positive
30 Reviews
9% Mixed
3 Reviews
3% Negative
1 Review

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User Score
Universal Acclaim Based on 1,118 User Ratings
8.8
93% Positive
1043 Ratings
3% Mixed
34 Ratings
4% Negative
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User Score
Universal Acclaim Based on 1,118 User Ratings
8.8
93% Positive
1043 Ratings
3% Mixed
34 Ratings
4% Negative
41 Ratings

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Production Company Dreamworks Pictures, Jinks/Cohen Company
Release Date Sep 15, 1999
Duration 2 h 2 m
Rating R
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Tagline ... look closer
Academy Awards, USA
• 5 Wins & 8 Nominations
Golden Globes, USA
• 3 Wins & 6 Nominations
Online Film & Television Association
• 10 Wins & 18 Nominations