American Animal
American Animal (2012)

Jimmy is a terminally ill young man. He is also quite eccentric, bordering on plain old crazy, and starting today he has decided that he is 'happy' and no longer sick. Jimmy's roommate James is a healthy, dreamy young man.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 18, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"American Animal" becomes a philosophically strident evening of speechifying local theater (topic: human evolution).

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Andy Webster
New York Times

[An] hour and a half of pretentious mind games...

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Self-indulgent indie about a trust-fund kid who thinks he's found the answer to the human experience. Whit Stillman it's not.

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William Goss

The film equivalent of being cornered at a house party by someone's coked-out friend of a friend until your ride home is ready to bounce.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

It's best to imagine this movie as a study of three good young actors trapped in an indie film project with a yammering weirdo.

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

It may be baked with the same ingredients that come in your standard mumblecore starter kit, but because of Matt D'Elia's indebtedness to other movies, the film follows a different recipe altogether.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

It is well-acted and features witty repartee. Look for more good things to come from this talent.

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David Fear
Time Out

It's hard to tell where D'Elia's own psychotic cinephilia ends and the character's begins.

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

D'Elia's debut feature is, I think, a challenge worth taking. Here, it appears, is a real emerging vision, original, gutsy, and uncompromising.

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Sam Barnett
Given that this movie, at its core, about the line between insanity and genius, its fitting that American Animal is both incredibly insane, and yet somehow… More