American Beauty

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MedgarEvers
11/10/2009

American Beauty 5

Snobs say _The Ice Storm_ is better, I can't comment but I have found many of the characters relevant to problems in American society

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fb549726214
09/20/2008

American Beauty 4

Tampoco fue para tanto, no? y haber visto a Anita Obregón copiando la imagen de las flores.... me da escalofríos de sólo pensarlo

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Jamie & Finn
09/10/2008

American Beauty 5

love the messed up family

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Spike65
07/25/2008

American Beauty 4

A very well made film about some mostly un-lovable people. Spacey and Bening are marvelous as the suburban couple who seem to have it made but in fact have almost nothing in common anymore. This picture took me a couple of viewings to get through it all due to my squeamishness about the impending tryst between Spacey's character and his daughter's friend. I won't spoil the ending for you but I recommend you hang in there and see the whole thing.

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<3 leana
07/22/2008

American Beauty 1

american what?

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American Beauty 5

My all-time favorite movie.

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Oo Michelle oO
06/19/2008

American Beauty 4

Strange and captivating.

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American Beauty 3

Haven't seen it

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~ ~ LIZ ~ ~
06/11/2008

American Beauty 4

this is a good movie and had many twists and turns and wasn't expecting the ending at all

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myspace-365158273
06/04/2008

American Beauty 3

It is ok....what's the deal with the plastic bag????

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Maz♥
06/04/2008

American Beauty 5

i love kevin!

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jamieswtgrl
04/12/2008

American Beauty 5

This movie is very good, but you have to monitor who watches it. American Beauty is an adult movie, so this is not for the kids. The story is something young adults can relate to and it is a movie people of the same age group will enjoy watching together. Quality entertainment and a timeless classic.

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fb527418657
03/22/2008

American Beauty 5

This was fitted perfectly with how I was feeling at that time.

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GenghisTheHun
03/18/2008

American Beauty 3

Ho hum. This trendy bucket of tripe hit all the right notes in the late nineties to give all the critics and others of that ilk the vapors as to how great this was. I know, I know, it won an Oscar and blah, blah, blah. I give it a three since I hit the three by accident and I was too lazy to reduce it down to a two.

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CzechMate
03/17/2008

American Beauty 3

A pretty good movie, but believe it was overrated too.

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trebon1038
03/14/2008

American Beauty 5

I loved this movie...Im not even sure why other than Kevin Spacey smoken pot and just throwing himself OUT of the rat race was cool. There were some very strange people in that movie!

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twansalem
03/14/2008

American Beauty 3

I guess it was a well made movie, because I couldn't stop watching it , but I don't know, it was just weird.

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irishgit
07/20/2007

American Beauty 4

It has its moments, and Spacey, as always is very strong. I think its very good, but a long way short of great.

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FranksWildYear s
06/22/2007

American Beauty 1

I thought it was dull and laden down with stereotypes and clichés.  It was well produced and featured great acting but the overall effect was a long quiet scream of cynicism about middle class life.  Ya, ya, ya the American dream is a hollow sham and we all live lives of quiet desparation, or so Hollywood has been telling me for the last 40 years.  Everyone has their moments of doubt and even depression, but if we were all as moribund as the characters in this film and I mean every single character, there would be piles of dead suburbanites strewn around vats of purple kool-aid every weekend. 

Now don't get me started on The English Patient.

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leftfinger
04/26/2006

American Beauty 1

I seriously doubt that this reflects suburban life.

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orangestar
01/01/2006

American Beauty 3

The more I watch it, the less I like it.....but I still do like it a lot. The first time it was really amazing, but I mostly love Kevin Spacey's performance.

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CanadaSucks
07/11/2005

American Beauty 4

The film is a cheap-shot at American suburbia culture. I didn't think it was as groundbreaking or having 'chic social commentary' as most others did. . .but the film was raunchy, funny, and had good performances. And Sam Mendes can sure shoot a good-looking movie. (He also directed the underrated and superior film Road to Perdition)

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findlaydog
02/16/2005

American Beauty 2

I've always like Kevin Spacey...so I'm giving it 2 stars...but the film itself was disappointing and deserves a 1. I know it was trendy to like it...but really...what new ground did this film cover? It tried to take a darkly funny yet hurtful view of the American family...great. It's been done to death. We KNOW life isn't like Leave It To Beaver. And I felt like the pervy aspect was graphically displayed-- not for the sake of the film plot-- but to titilate the audience. In the end, this film lacks integrity, but somehow people have bought into the hype. I don't think the makers were trying to make a higher point at all. I think they were trying to win awards and cash their checks. If it had taken us to some new place-- then I would respect it. But it didn't. BOO!

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Buckscounty
01/23/2005

American Beauty 1

A movie that has no respect for the middle class. The scene in which Mena Suvari could have been shot in from the side and suggested nudity, but Director Mendes has no respect for Suvari and exposes her. You can see her discomfort. Truly and ugly and hateful film.

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BugahaNE
12/17/2004

American Beauty 5

A bizarre, beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted movie. You are glued to the screen watching these dysfunctional people descend into suburban madness.

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Empireofthesun
10/15/2004

American Beauty 5

Never in all my life has one movie had such an effect on me and my mentality. American Beauty is not an action film. It will not dazzle you with visual effects, hunky leading men, or a thrilling plot. But what it will dazzle you with is its poetic and thought provoking dialogue, its perfectly depicted story of suburban life, its subtle but brilliant music score composed by Thomas Newman, and most of all, its very impressive acting. This film achieves what many directors often fail to do. It manages to be a perfect combination of humour, drama, romance and a reminder of how we can take the most beautiful things on Earth for granted sometimes. In the words of Lester Burnham (Spacey), You have no idea what I'm talking about I'm sure. But don't worry, you will someday.

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frogger20190
07/22/2004

American Beauty 5

Masterpiece. I can't think of another character I can identify more with, from '90s cinema, than Lester Burnham. I can't remember how I got to be this....sedated.

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LadyShark4534
04/21/2004

American Beauty 4

I remember my grandmother buying this. We watched it and we couldn't stop laughing at Kevin Spacey's character and his antics. Wes Bentley plays a bizarre neighbor. Mena Suvari clearly is beautiful and the scene with rose petals is symbolic of her amazing temptation. It has a interesting story with a twist in the ending!

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Teaseress
04/08/2004

American Beauty 4

I think some people may have missed out on the main theme of the story... American Beauty shows you both how shallow people can be with having affairs, pretending that you have had sex when you are a teenager, hating gays and hating your job. But then it delves deeper than that - but this tends to happen with small parts where the characters aren't talking. His wife who ends up having an affair shows her fragilty when she tries to sell the house and at the end bursts into tears and hates herself for doing it and takes out her unhappiness on her husband. The teenage friend who boasts about all the sex she has had - where we find out later on that she is in fact a virgin, shows her fragilty when she is wiping her tears away and looks at herself in the bathroom, as well as when her friends boyfriend tells her exactly what she is. Sad and lonely.. And the main character finally sees that his life isn't as bad as what he thought it was, he has a beautiful wife and daughter. He realises that he has to think about the small things and what he has and not what he thinks that he wants. Then as soon as he realises, he dies. The one liners Spacey has in the film is fantastic as well. But that is American Beauty....

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forgotten hero
12/16/2003

American Beauty 5

It was a movie about a middle-aged man having a mid-life crisis. He later gets tired of people controlling him or shoving him into the background and decides to take his life back. At some point in our lives we try to regain control of ourselves and do something that makes us happy.

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kolby1973
12/16/2003

American Beauty 2

Once again Andrew Scott has blown me away with a great movie review and it even convinced me to change my review a little bit on this particular movie. I still do not care for the movie, and I still wouldn't recommend it to children or maybe not even most teenagers, but after reading Andrew's thoughtful review on this movie, I don't any longer consider it to be about straight couples not being able to live in love and harmony. I do still feel the movie has too much hate and violence in trying to make its point about beauty, but maybe that is the only way some people can find love...I don't know. I just don't care for this movie, and I will never watch it again. But it isn't near as bad as other movies out there, that is for sure. And as always, Kevin Spacey is an excellent actor and can pull anything off that is put before him.....

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AndrewScott
12/15/2003

American Beauty 5

Theme is about how everyone has their own sense of what finding beauty in life entails. The film illustrates that the traditional model of American beauty -- a nice home with your family in the suburbs -- can be a shallow facade and not as fulfilling as it appears. The theme suggests that deviating from glorified suburban ideals (by taking a fast food job, dating someone younger, befriending a misfit, being mistaken as gay, etc.) will bring you fierce recrimination, yet may be the only way for some to discover true happiness in life. The movie wasn't designed to be an uplifting crowd pleaser, as much as one that provokes with its message. While I was uncomfortable watching the movie at times, it was intriguing and affecting enough for me to want to view many key scenes a second time immediately afterward. As the movie states, where some might just see an empty bag floating in the wind, another might see beauty.

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ClassicTVFan47
12/14/2003

American Beauty 1

The movie to see of the year, at least, according to the critics who didn't pan this movie. The movie follows around a pervert of a man, his premiscious daughter and her friend that is the same way, his wife in an affair, a racist neighbor and his ditsy wife, this one has no one with any sense of morals anywhere in it! The film is laced with graphic descriptions of sexual activity, profanity, nudity, drug use, amoral attitdues, and tons of other stuff that shouldn't be in any movie. Don't even accept this one for cash--unless you tape something over it like I Love Lucy, Andy Griffith Show or a movie like Gus or Emperor's New Groove.

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MissMellie
12/14/2003

American Beauty 1

Most overrated, overhyped piece of boring crap I have ever had the misfortune to TRY and watch. The WORST.

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ponerse
06/02/2003

American Beauty 5

I have mixed feelings as to how this movie should rank against the greatest movies of all time. I mean, I love it, but that's because I can relate to Lester in many ways. It's hard for me to see how a woman would relate to wanting to be with 17 year old cheerleaders, but it's still high on the list on this site.

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Redoedo
05/24/2003

American Beauty 4

"American Beauty" was a very good movie, but considering all the hype that was surrounding its release, it was a bit disappointing. I might have even given it five stars had it not been for the total commercialization of this film and how it was shoved down our throats before it even came on the big screen. It's a great story of life, death and everything in between. I thought that Kevin Spacey was phenominal as Lester, whose character truly evolves in this film. In the beginning it seems that Lester is chained down by some unknown force, and as the film progresses, we see him emerge and celebrate his newfound "freedom". I also thought that the insights of Ricky (Wes Bentley) were very inspirational and worded perfectly. Everyone involved made this film great, and it was capitalized with a phenominally emotional ending, which has someone already wrote, successfully punctuates a story of glory rather than demise.

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jakey333
01/05/2003

American Beauty 5

This is the greatest movie ever made!

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zuchinibut
12/09/2002

American Beauty 5

Entirely entertaining. Callmetootie is my nemesis.

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psycho_mom
11/16/2002

American Beauty 5

There are only a few movies that have affected me like this one. I had to sit for an hour afterwards just to ponder what I had just seen. Amazing movie!!

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topher
09/22/2002

American Beauty 5

This movie is so amazing it should be deemed illegal. It shows that the family living suburbia with the mercedes benz and the nice house and the lovely rose garden still isn't perfect inside. This movie takes it all to another level and makes the family so abnormal that it makes the Aadams family look like the Waltons. The catch phrase means more than what you are watching in the movie (the catch phrase is "look closer" for those of you who don't know). It means when you go home, when you out, when you somebody, something, look closer. There is probably more to them than meets the eye. This movie is a remarkable achievement, and I am happy that so many people saw the beauty in it that i did. To enjoy the movie more, try watching it really late at night. It becomes so much more over whelming. I recomend this movie to every one. If you don't like it, it's still entertaining in it's own twisted way.

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antondatree
05/11/2002

American Beauty 5

Man was this a good movie. Sam Mendes - first time director - he is the big thing for the future. He directed this marvelously, and came up with a well-crafted, brilliant, sad, movie. It's music is perfect, it's acting is perfect, it's script is absolutely brilliant, and Sam Mendes' directing is great. It thoroughly deserved its Oscars, and will prove to be a classic in 10 years time, most likely making it onto top 100 film lists all around the world, I would say it will be on AFIs. I bought in on VHS, you should too. See it. I found nearly NO flaws in it. Almost perfect. I watched this with an audience, and they laughed, they were shocked, this is such a great movie. Summary: PERFECT AND BRILLIANT. WILL BECOME A CLASSIC.

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irene_lvs_ep_1 3
02/10/2002

American Beauty 4

Its a good movie it was once my favorite.The movie really touched me in several ways.Theres something you can't describle about the movie that really hits you I mean it tells of an american family with problems which is like real life!

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charliethetuna
02/08/2002

American Beauty 4

What an incredibly troubling movie. I didn't know whether to love it or to hate it. Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham is the epitome of everything that's wrong with society ... and nobody could play it better. But, should you like the movie or not? Is it fair to be disturbed by the movie and still like it or not? Is it ok to love a movie that's about everything we should hate? Find out for yourself. You'll be glad you did.

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cde1970
10/24/2001

American Beauty 5

A beauty of a film. Acting first class and Spacey is terrific from start to finish. His mentor Jack Lemmon would be proud. Directing is superb from debutant Mendes. Music brilliant.

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Molfan
07/30/2001

American Beauty 4

this is good but it is very strange too. The actors are all great they do their roles very well. If you like a movie that has a lot of twists and surprises. you would probably like this.Some of it I found kind of disturbing.but I kept wanting to watch this to see what happended. LIke the slogan for the movie it said "Look Closer" that is pretty accurate.A good movie but an odd one too.

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Downeysoft18
07/30/2001

American Beauty 1

I hated it. All American white Trash moive!

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ashleys
07/27/2001

American Beauty 4

When I saw this movie, I hadn't heard any of the hype about it; therefore, I had no expectations. I liked the movie because it forced me to lose precious sleep. Anything that can keep up during the few hours I actually get to sleep must pretty decent. I tried to watch it again many months later, and just didn't care. It's defenitely a one-time event.

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ElegantFire
07/27/2001

American Beauty 5

American Beauty was truly a great film, and one of the first times I've actually agreed with the Academy on the Oscar awards. I actually hadn't heard a lot of the hype surrounding it, because I saw it before the awards. A friend of mine just said "American Beauty is great. Go see it!". I can say that it's definitely one of my favorites. You go through such a wide range of emotions from watching this film. There are many comedic parts to laugh at, and some classic lines (like the part where Lester writes about what he does at work). There are also parts where you feel rage or anger (how Ricky is treated by his dad, how shallow Angela seems to be, how much of a bitch Carol can be). It may be a bit of an over dramatization of how life in the suburbs can be, but it's not a far stretch and I really think it shows how bad it can be. People have some serious problems and try to cover it up with flowers, white picket fences, and other "stuff". This makes me think of Andrea Yates, the woman who drowned her 5 children. The ending is great too. It's certainly gruesome, but it's not a complete surprise, due to the information Lester gives you in the beginning, and the mood of the story is actually one of hope, not of demise. Kevin Spacey is a brilliant actor...definitely my favorite. Annette Benning also does a superb job...she's so great at playing the obnoxious role of Carol. The other actors of the film did great in their roles as well, and I can't think of anyone who would have played them better. This movie is not just a drama...it's a drama, comedy, and suspense film. The film is never boring, and for days afterward I was still thinking about parts of the movie, and I still have discussions about it with my friends. It's such a thought provoking movie.

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Mystikal
07/16/2001

American Beauty 5

To answer your question, Ruby, I think this movie is about getting what you want and not letting stupid obstacles get in your way. Life is short. You never know...a repressed gay man might shoot you in the head or something

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movieguy108
07/12/2001

American Beauty 5

One of the most hilarious movies I've ever seen! Poigant and powerful in a way that affects us all. A true beauty.

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