BOB CAMPBELL Star Ledger

"‘American Beauty’ blooms with beautiful moods and moments."

"In a striking film debut, British stage director Sam Mendes extracts fine shades of humor and feeling from characters and situations that Hollywood has long left fallow. At its finest, ‘American Beauty’ makes the familiar seem fresh and the timeworn seem timeless."

"…a vivid Annette Bening…"

"Bening…wonderfully funny and moving…"

"‘American Beauty’…digs deeply and fruitfully into our 20th century landscape."