American Fiction

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Jeffrey Wright and American Fiction will forever be inextricable thanks to the actor's committed approach to the pointedly humorous and insightful material.
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    Wenlei MaThe Nightly (AU)
    Anchored by a tour de force performance from Jeffrey Wright, writer and first-time director Cord Jefferson’s film is a confident work that delights in exploring thorny concepts through humour and clear-minded irreverence.
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    Cord Jefferson, who previously made episodes of Watchmen and The Good Life, marries a light touch and broad humour with affecting familial dysfunction and biting observations on race. Cultural crises are seldom so entertaining.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    This satire shouldn't be laugh-out-loud funny ... but it is.
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    Adam KempenaarFilmspotting
    ...part of the satire... is how Monk doesn’t really see the connection between his own life and the depictions of Black life that “flatten the Black experience,” as he puts it.
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    Mark KermodeKermode and Mayo's Take (YouTube)
    It started really sharp, but then it became really fuzzy.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    The story works on two levels, first as a prickly critique of the pressures facing Black creatives. But equally satisfying is its depiction of the abrasive, complicated dynamics in a high-achieving family.
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    Jeffrey PetersonThe Streamr
    American Fiction is the film we need, though it likely won’t change the landscape.
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    John McDonaldAustralian Financial Review
    On that rapidly shrinking plain called Common Sense, a chasm has opened up, and ideologues are conducting a race to the bottom.
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    Shadan LarkiInSession Film
    Sterling K. Brown co-stars as Wright’s wayward brother in one of the year’s best ensemble casts.
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    Sarah VincentSarah G Vincent Views
    Jefferson has compromised his vision and standards. On the other hand, he is a part of the world and making something albeit imperfect and compromised. It is better than sitting alone in a bath with the shower raining on your head in idealistic despair.
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