“A Heartfelt Little Treasure.”
“Excellent Film, My Favorite Movie Of 2003 This Is Such An Original And Brilliant Bio-pic.”
“In The End, American Splendor Proves That "ordinary Life Is Pretty Interesting." ”
Exhilarating and big-hearted.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Hilarious, moody and cantankerous.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
The best movie about society's untrendiest since Ghost World exactly two years ago.
Mike Clark - USA Today
In its ugly way, it shows the purest and most transcendental form of beauty, which is just life adapting and continuing.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
A marvelous, intelligent hybrid of documentary, comic book graphics and straight-ahead drama.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
It's a beauty: wise, many-layered, and funny as hell.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
A jazzy and humane synthesis of the comic books that Cleveland writer Harvey Pekar has for 25 years fashioned from the dross of his daily life.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
As inventive as Being John Malkovich, as psychologically quirky as Ghost World and as honest as the day is long.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
I can't imagine how the filmmakers went about it, let alone pulled the whole thing off, but their film comes together in unpredictable and remarkably pleasurable ways.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The kind of movie that sticks with you for days, your admiration growing each time you remember it.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
The real magic of American Splendor lies in the sprightly transitions, the way it takes you from one level of reality and representation to the next without missing a beat.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
As touching as it is achingly, hilariously prickly.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It would be a mistake to regard American Splendor as an anthem for the common man. It is the uncommon that is being celebrated here.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Magnificently audacious movie, in which fact and fiction sometimes coexist in the same frame.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Harvey gets under your skin, more so than just about any of this summer's supposed movie heroes.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
We're constantly kept on our toes regarding issues of representation while Pekar's sour but indefatigible working-class skepticism carries us along.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
An offbeat collage of animation, dramatization and documentary that's a banquet of sweet-and-sour wit and grudging humanism.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The most amazing, colossal and fantastic comic-inspired movie in years.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
An audacious mix of documentary, animation, comic and staged film that somehow finds heart and hope in the gray wash of a real life.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Funny, poignant and vitally original.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
There's a tremendous amount of cultural vitality out there in the land of the losers; American Splendor is one of the first and best films to capitalize fully on this phenomenon.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
It's a profound tribute to lives lived on the fringes of society -- to the introspective loners who are the most observant chroniclers of our times.
Scott Foundas - Variety
Sweet and sour treat.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
If Harvey Pekar is a brilliant oddity so is the movie that tells his story.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
The humour is dark but frequently funny.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It's an inventive, mind-expanding exercise in heart and soul.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
One of those rare, inventively made movies that isn't so taken with its own novelty it loses sight of its characters. Its warmth is for real, and it enwraps you.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Proof that ordinary guys can hold the comics, and the screen, as well as superheroes. This Halloween, I want to be Harvey Pekar.
David Edelstein - Slate
I wish more of the comic book-inspired movies were like this.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The two documentarians in their feature debut hit an unbelievably rich vein of drama, humor, love, whimsy, psychological turmoil, commonplace travails, genuine trauma and artistic triumph.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
You're in for a scrappy, free-form blast.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Giamatti looks nothing like Pekar either in person or in his various cartoon guises, but in a warmly sympathetic performance he brings the character to grubby, soulful life.
Manohla Dargis - Los Angeles Times
Channels Pekar's vision of art and life as twinned struggles. One of cinema's great first-date sequences is here. We're splendidly shown how a lower-class nine-to-fiver has his own creative selves and richly expressive life.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Earthy, gritty and real; for older kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's biopic about Harvey Pekar - who injected schadenfreude into the superhero-comics world - wonderfully etches one man's exploration of using misery as a creative outlet and, eventually, a critical coping mechanism.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
The rare artist biopic that goes beyond the dull march of events and actually illuminates the creative process.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
The film gives a charming, funny, and many times engrossing account of Pekar which will surely please fans and garner some new ones and I liked it a lot.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
American Splendor is certainly one of the most complete, satisfying and entertaining hybrid of documentary and dramatisation, as well as of live action and 2D animation/comic stills.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Un film assez lent, mais au recit tout de meme fort bien construit
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
A glorious rebuke to all this summer's recycled, effects-ridden, laboriously "fun" Hollywood disappointments piled along the wayside like so many crashed cars.
David Ansen - Newsweek
A life affirming experience, perhaps even a life changing one.
Keith H. Brown - Eye for Film
The movie is as unclassifiable as the comic -- neither documentary nor biopic, or maybe both.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Mr. Giamatti and Ms. Davis seem to feed off each other, bringing out the best performances we've seen from these actors.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
If you can get through the confusing goings-on of the first reel, then this is a satisfying experience -- funny, touching and tragic by turns. And Giamatti deserves every award going.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Hugely enjoyable and very clever portrait of Harvey Pekar.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
The blend of styles results in an edgy, touching, original story about a working-class man who channels his gloom, grime and longing into comic art
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
I expected more from a movie that took home gold in Cannes and wowed 'em at Sundance.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Giamatti is excellent as Pekar and Hope Davis delivers another wonderful performance as Pekar's third wife Joyce.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
American Splendor, despite being interesting and likeable, is a film that could be truly enjoyed only by the fans of Harvey Pekar's work
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
I was personally a little bored with this film, and didn't exactly get into this guy's life or so-called witty quips about every day life.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium