American: The Bill Hicks Story
American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011)

15 years after his death, Bill Hicks is now more popular than ever, and is widely seen as one of the best comedian of the modern era. However, in America, where he challenged institutions and accepted ways of thinking, he suffered… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A treasure trove of archival material and interviews, American: The Bill Hicks Story is an exuberant celebration about a unique, sorely missed voice in comedy.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Directors Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas work wonders with the old photos, animating and enhancing them to simulate Hicks' excellent adventure.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

In the stand-up world, to be a cerebral comic in America is to invite anonymity. In his short life, Bill Hicks extended that invitation and, more or less, it was accepted.

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James Bell
Sight and Sound

The film gets as close to Hicks the man as we can hope for, and he emerges as an even more courageous, visionary figure as a result.

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Joe Leydon

Ultimately, the doc comes off as yet another reminder that, in showbiz and elsewhere, one of the greatest tragedies in life is unfulfilled promise.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Posthumous albums and now this film are securing his legacy and enduring influence.

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Dan Jardine

It is a bit of a revelation to realize that Hicks, who would develop into one of the angriest and edgiest standup comedians of his time, was once such a clean-cut and straight young man.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

A portrait of the short-lived artist that will move fans while letting the uninitiated witness enough onstage highlights to leave them wanting more.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

The movie's appeal extends to the manner of its construction; it's an almost hypnotic kind of hybrid animation in which hundreds of photographs of Hicks in various poses and at various stages in his life are grafted onto two-dimensional backgrounds.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The greatest strength of this film is that the directors did not overly glorify Hicks.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
"The greatest comic of his generation. Kicked ass. Took names. Changed the game." American: The Bill Hicks Story is a new favorite when it comes to… More
Spencer S.
Already an admirer of the brash and certainly fearless comedian, this documentary opens up new portals of thought towards freedom of speech, what it means to be… More
Lady D'arbanville
The life story of the highly censored and controversial Comedian Bill Hicks, which is deeply detailed with contributions from friends, family and fellow… More
Reid Volk
An intriguing look into the life of one of the most important comedians of our generation. I have been a fan of Hicks ever since I grabbed a copy of Arizona Bay… More
Stephen M
Friends, family and peers on the stand-up comedy circuit share their memories of the late Bill Hicks. Well, there's not a lot to say about this. If you… More
Everett Johnson
First off, big thanks to my buddy Cory for suggesting this to me. I didn't know much about Bill Hicks before watching this. I'd heard some of his… More