An American Pickle

An American Pickle

An American Pickle

Seth Rogen plays an immigrant worker at a pickle factory who is accidentally preserved for 100 years in this fish-out-of-water comedy. When he wakes up in modern day Brooklyn, he tracks down his only surviving relative (also played by Seth Rogen) who's mild-mannered and seemingly directionless in life. Written by SNL veteran Simon Rich.

2020Rating: PG, Mild themes, violence and coarse language89 minsUSAWarner Bros.
Comedy

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An American Pickle / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Of course, the essence of the fish-out-of-water comedy is that it’s never been a realistic genre — it’s pure Hollywood fantasy. Yet An American Pickle, in its ethnically satirical and scattered way, lacks the integrity of its own ridiculousness. It’s pungent but flavorless: an unkosher dill.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

A movie that even glancingly grapples with questions of ethnic and spiritual identity, past and present, is hardly hack work. It’ll do in a pickle.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Rogen’s comedies have often layered broad laughs with humanity and thematic ambition. Here, like Herschel and Ben, they aren’t especially convincing sharing the frame.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Part time-travelling family drama, part idiosyncratic immigrant-adventure comedy, An American Pickle’s gags underwhelm, but its emotion and originality will surprise you. One of oddest films of 2020 so far, buoyed by two superb turns from Rogen.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Pitched somewhere between outrageous satire and sincerity, the movie has a tough time finding its priorities, but it’s endearing to watch it try.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An American Pickle is neither the most substantial nor the most sophisticated comedy, but its soulful sweetness outweighs its flaws.

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IGN

IGN

All in all, An American Pickle is a solidly entertaining comedy. Its oddball conceit dares audiences to take the plunge, and Seth Rogen rewards them with Herschel, who is bold, thrilling, and a little bit bonkers.

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Vulture

Vulture

When it works, which it does most of all in its opening and closing acts, it’s because it manages to give a surprising emotional solidity to what’s otherwise a whimsical premise.

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