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Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
That's why American Movie cuts so deep: It's about the American dream, about not giving up, about being true to yourself.
90
L.A. Weekly
This unassuming, insistently entertaining documentary has the virtue of a great subject.
88
Chicago Tribune
Of all the many documentaries that take you along on a movie shoot, one of my all-time favorites is this delightfully scrappy, sometimes poignant, often hilarious show.
80
Chicago Reader
Often coming across as simultaneously out of control and self-possessed, Borchardt can't have been an easy target, but the filmmakers seem to have nailed him.
80
Wildly entertaining and quite poignant.
80
Like its subject, American Movie works entirely on its own quirky terms.
80
Dallas Observer
Touching, frequently hilarious.
70
Village Voice
Although I don't begrudge Borchardt his year of fame, what he doesn't seem to understand about his exploitation creeps me out.
63
New York Post
Frequently hilarious, if overlong.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
It's never entirely clear whether Borchardt is also an object of ridicule for documentarian Chris Smith.

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