American Beauty Synopsis
A man's (Kevin Spacey) midlife crisis includes a crush on a teen.
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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

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

By cwalton
Almost a decade after seeing this in theaters, this pointed, funny, and moving Best Picture winner still packs a wallop. Director Sam Mendes and writer Alan Ball, along with ace support from the rest...

Why

By bebe_kitten
I'm not sure why American Beauty is still on the front page of the rate movies section.. it came out like 10yrs ago. Anyhow, it was a great movie.. I'm sure by now tho most people already know...

Five Word Review

By redyeah
Brilliant look at midlife crisis...

This is #2 of my all time favorites

By wendydarlin1
My #1 fav, Gone With the Wind is much older, but the elements are similar to what I loved about American Beauty. The camera shots are exquisitely framed. The dialogue is real life drama for its time....

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How can you NOT LOVE LESTER!!!

By quikticks
After watching this, I knew what I didn't want to be and what I DID want to be just watching the life of 1 guy! Kevin Spacey is the bomb! He can play any character! He proved it in this movie. I...

Fun movie!

By dvonballmoos
An interesting film....

Academy Award Winning

By jrubio23
i thought this movie was excellent. very good story line. lots of twists....

Great movie!

By khantessa
Mendez is a genius. Cinematography was devine. See this movie with a dysfunctional family member!...

American Beauty

By sdlazier
I did not see it ten years ago and I still would not see it today. This is not my type of movie. I stick to PG ratings and more family appropriate....

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 17+ Powerful acting, great story, but far too mature for kids.
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