|DreamWorks Distribution | Release Date: September 15, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
A dark comical masterpiece that single-handedly announces the collapse of the American family infrastructure as it exists on the brink of Y2K.
A flat-out masterpiece, surely the best movie of the year; indeed, an all-time classic.
A triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description...the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts.
A movie that will endure.
Remarkably astute and devastatingly funny.
I've got to admit it's a stunner.
Though excellent in many ways, American Beauty is, finally, an uneasy mix of assured technique and simplistic satire.
Mendes nonetheless works this screenplay like a jazz virtuoso plays with a familiar theme such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
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