American Animal Synopsis
Crazy and terminally ill, a young man feels betrayed when his roommate gets a new job.
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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...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
American Animal is a wildly experimental debut for D'Elia, who uses hand-held digital cameras and lots of jump cuts. It is well-acted and...
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Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Bizarre, off-putting, and finally demanding of rubberneck respect, this fish-tank indie never leaves a rather lovely duplex apartment,...
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
While American Animal's finely tuned filmmaking is leagues above the usual Indiewood sloppiness, all the movie-quoting manic episodes feel...
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Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
At first American Animal has a mysterious unreality to it, a strange diorama about easy leisure's emptiness. But when James admits he's...
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The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Seen as some kind of absurdist, meta-textual horror story, American Animal almost works. In every other way? It's fuckin' poopy-loopy.
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The New York Times

It's showtime!" says Jimmy, the one-man band of American Animal. And for Matt D'Elia, who plays him in this hour and a half of pretentious...
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Rated NR