American Animals

American Animals

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American Animals

Evan Peters (X-Men: Apocalypse) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer's Barry Keoghan star in this true story heist thriller, told in part by the actual men who committed the crime. Nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. From the director of 2012's The Imposter.

Four university students (Peters, Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson) living an ordinary existence brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. But not everything is as it seems, and as the daring theft unfolds through each of their perspectives, each of them starts to question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives is simply a misguided attempt at achieving the American Dream.

2018Rating: R13, Violence, drug use & offensive language116 minsUK, USA
CrimeDrama
Director:
Bart Layton ('The Imposter', 'Locked Up Abroad', 'Becoming Alexander')
Writer:
Bart Layton
Cast:
Evan PetersBarry KeoghanBlake JennerJared AbrahamsonAnn DowdUdo KierGary BasarabaLara Grice
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GOOD

A good mix of tense drama with lots of comedic moments strewn about. A very unique way of telling the story as well. Soundtrack was on point, so was the cast and most things about the film really.

5.0
0

proof that most criminals aren't too smart...

the film is far smarter - very well assembled doco/drama - than the subjects and what they were attempting they had a good idea, but... well, you'll see. and you should. it's not fast paced, but it's very entertaining.

4.0
0

So indie I can't believe this is a true story

The best feature of this movie is the way in which it's told. The commentary is great. It seems as if it's unscripted but I expect it is. The events unfold as narrated by the heist meisters. The real players from the story appear and give their spin on the events. The main protagonist is larger than life and seems very likeable. You can see how it all...

4.0
0

Engrossing Docu-Drama

An excellent exploration of what can only be labelled an ill-conceived, poorly executed art heist. Excellent character portrayal and close, claustrophobic cinematography keep the story tight and interesting. The splicing of real interviews with the dramatized story works well. Considering this was supposed to be a life-changing event, the memories of the...

4.0
0

An interesting blend of reality and fiction... of documentary and crime-thrillers?

Surprisingly, it works, and it works well. My favourite part of this film is not its "real story" narrative, nor its well-suited soundtrack (featuring singles from Leonard Cohen, Donovan, The Doors, etc.), it isn't the fact that life lessons (I wouldn't really go as far as emphasising the philosophical aspect of the film as some critics have done, because...

4.0
0

Fascinating plot!

Hard to believe it was a true story! Great movie.

4.0
0

Way better then it looks on the trailer

Off beat and enjoyable gem. This ain't what you think it is. Worth seeing

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A riveting college-boy crime caper that tiggers along on pure movie-movie adrenaline, before U-turning into a sobering reflection on young male privilege and entitlement.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There is something soulless and mechanical about "American Animals," as if it had been made by a Martin Scorsese smartphone app and scored to a Spotify classic rock playlist.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

All in all, American Animals is at once a stylish thriller and an insightful documentary.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A supremely-crafted doc/fiction hybrid which is genuinely innovative, pleasingly entertaining and deliciously more than the sum of its parts.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The holes in the script are a pesky issue, but filmmaker Bart Layton's blend of recreations and real-life participants commenting on the action gives this true-crime comedy an edge.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

What initially appears to be a slight, if entertaining, true-crime heist romp, in fact, hides untold depths in a muscular offering from The Imposter director Bart Layton.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

While the participants in "American Animals" only imagine they're different, the film about them is the real deal.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A crackerjack real-life heist thriller.

0
Collider

Collider

press

The heist genre is one that's been done to death, but with American Animals, filmmaker Bart Layton manages to pull off something wholly unique.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A riveting college-boy crime caper that tiggers along on pure movie-movie adrenaline, before U-turning into a sobering reflection on young male privilege and entitlement.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There is something soulless and mechanical about "American Animals," as if it had been made by a Martin Scorsese smartphone app and scored to a Spotify classic rock playlist.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

All in all, American Animals is at once a stylish thriller and an insightful documentary.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A supremely-crafted doc/fiction hybrid which is genuinely innovative, pleasingly entertaining and deliciously more than the sum of its parts.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The holes in the script are a pesky issue, but filmmaker Bart Layton's blend of recreations and real-life participants commenting on the action gives this true-crime comedy an edge.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

What initially appears to be a slight, if entertaining, true-crime heist romp, in fact, hides untold depths in a muscular offering from The Imposter director Bart Layton.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

While the participants in "American Animals" only imagine they're different, the film about them is the real deal.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A crackerjack real-life heist thriller.

0
Collider

Collider

press

The heist genre is one that's been done to death, but with American Animals, filmmaker Bart Layton manages to pull off something wholly unique.

0

GOOD

A good mix of tense drama with lots of comedic moments strewn about. A very unique way of telling the story as well. Soundtrack was on point, so was the cast and most things about the film really.

5.0
0

proof that most criminals aren't too smart...

the film is far smarter - very well assembled doco/drama - than the subjects and what they were attempting they had a good idea, but... well, you'll see. and you should. it's not fast paced, but it's very entertaining.

4.0
0

So indie I can't believe this is a true story

The best feature of this movie is the way in which it's told. The commentary is great. It seems as if it's unscripted but I expect it is. The events unfold as narrated by the heist meisters. The real players from the story appear and give their spin on the events. The main protagonist is larger than life and seems very likeable. You can see how it...

4.0
0

Engrossing Docu-Drama

An excellent exploration of what can only be labelled an ill-conceived, poorly executed art heist. Excellent character portrayal and close, claustrophobic cinematography keep the story tight and interesting. The splicing of real interviews with the dramatized story works well. Considering this was supposed to be a life-changing event, the memories of...

4.0
0

An interesting blend of reality and fiction... of documentary and crime-thrillers?

Surprisingly, it works, and it works well. My favourite part of this film is not its "real story" narrative, nor its well-suited soundtrack (featuring singles from Leonard Cohen, Donovan, The Doors, etc.), it isn't the fact that life lessons (I wouldn't really go as far as emphasising the philosophical aspect of the film as some critics have done,...

4.0
0

Fascinating plot!

Hard to believe it was a true story! Great movie.

4.0
0

Way better then it looks on the trailer

Off beat and enjoyable gem. This ain't what you think it is. Worth seeing

4.0
0