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100
Chicago Sun-Times
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 Robert Pulcini, who wrote and directed it, have made a great film by trusting to Pekar's artistic credo.
100
Entertainment Weekly
American Splendor presents Pekar as drawn on the page, Pekar as brilliantly interpreted by Paul Giamatti, and the actual Pekar, in the double role of narrator and interview subject -- sometimes all at once. The magic act is thrilling, and truly surprising.
100
It's a humane and witty treatment of an average life that, incidentally, speaks to the worth and inherent drama of average lives.
100
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 World" exactly two years ago.
100
Pirandello didn't have a patch on its complexities. Here's a popular entertainment with an eclectic soundtrack raising penetrating questions of identity in astonishing sequences that interweave live action with comic-book art.
100
Filmed and acted to near perfection, it's one of the year's most innovative and exciting pictures.
100
The movie is pricelessly comic -- the Harvey/Joyce scenes catalog the couple's neuroses with glee -- but it just as often reaches for something richer.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
It's an extraordinary film.
88
Not your typical biopic. But it is one of the best times you'll have at the movies this year.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
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 spirited soundtrack including Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar," which might be the film's anthem.
88
New York Daily News
As inventive as "Being John Malkovich," as psychologically quirky as "Ghost World" and as honest as the day is long.

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