American Grindhouse
American Grindhouse (2010)

Dive into the sordid history of American exploitation films in this documentary narrated by Academy Award-nominee Robert Forster, and featuring interviews with John Landis, William Lustig, Larry Cohen, Jack Hill, and Herschell Gordon Lewis.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Hale
New York Times

In its academic approach, American Grindhouse is like sex ed: the lecture gets tedious, but it's worth sitting through for the pictures.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Highly recommended viewing not only for grindhouse fans but for anyone with an interest in film history.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Entertaining and knowledgeable history of American exploitation movies.

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

Nitpicky enough to please film-history nerds but lively in a way that should tickle the merely curious.

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Jason Zingale

American Grindhouse is a little vanilla in its presentation, but it's a pretty fascinating story nonetheless.

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Brian Orndorf

Traces the history, excesses, and glory of unsavory cinema, providing a magnificent education in the process, communicating the nuances and traditions of a brand often disregarded as forgettable schlock.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

American Grindhouse seems to miss the irony of what the recent proliferation of faux-exploitation films actually partially represents.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Informative, entertaining and unforgettable, American Grindhouse it's a great study about exploration movies, U.S. modern pictures inspirations, the fight… More
Melvin White
A pretty interesting and very entertaining look at the low class exploitation films of the past. What makes the documentary good is that John Landis and Joe… More
Greg S
This follow-up of sorts to NIGHTMARES IN RED, WHITE AND BLUE provides a history of (non-horror) exploitation films in the U.S. Compared to NIGHTMARES, this… More
Byron Brubaker
A very entertaining documentary! The talking heads have fascinating things to say. The stills, audio, and video clips illustrate so well the history this movie… More
Reid Volk
Not perfect. Skips over some important figures such as Roger Corman. However, a pretty excellent primer on one of the most notorious and misunderstood genres in… More
Panta Oz
As a Historian of Art I was interested in this documentary which chronicles the history of the American exploitation film, especially when I found out that I… More