100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A tart, funny and tremendously sobering movie about the deepest recesses of personal unhappiness.
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100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Spacey is diamond-brilliant in a role that plays as if custom-made for him.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
A movie that will endure.
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100

New York Post

A flat-out masterpiece, surely the best movie of the year; indeed, an all-time classic.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A wonder of a film -- a luminous, beautifully executed drama that gathers the best cast of the year -- the best American film of the year.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Spacey, an actor who embodies intelligence in his eyes and voice, is the right choice for Lester Burnham.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A singular accomplishment so specifically keyed to Spacey's talents that it mandates going out on a limb to say it contains the performance that will ultimately be regarded as "the one."
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description...the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
You know you're in the hands of a true filmmaker when you feel invited, at every turn, to share his sense of entrancement. I got that feeling in just about every frame of American Beauty.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Mendes nonetheless works this screenplay like a jazz virtuoso plays with a familiar theme such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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