American Splendor Synopsis
Fiction and reality blend in this portrait of Cleveland-based comic-book author Harvey Pekar.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a humane and witty treatment of an average life that, incidentally, speaks to the worth and inherent drama of average lives.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Pirandello didn't have a patch on its complexities. Here's a popular entertainment with an eclectic soundtrack raising penetrating...
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie is pricelessly comic -- the Harvey/Joyce scenes catalog the couple's neuroses with glee -- but it just as often reaches for...
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Produced by HBO but too good not to play theaters, this soon-to-be minor classic is the best movie about society's untrendiest since "Ghost...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
American Splendor presents Pekar as drawn on the page, Pekar as brilliantly interpreted by Paul Giamatti, and the actual Pekar, in the...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This film is delightful in the way it finds its own way to tell its own story. There was no model to draw on, but Shari Springer Berman and...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It's an extraordinary film.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
As inventive as "Being John Malkovich," as psychologically quirky as "Ghost World" and as honest as the day is long.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The film has the dog-eared look of a homemade valentine and the improvised sound of '60s jazz, courtesy of a score by Mark Suozzo and a...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Not your typical biopic. But it is one of the best times you'll have at the movies this year.
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Rated R | For Language
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