|DAVID DENBY The New Yorker|
"(Kevin Spaceys) certainly a great actor, and never more viciously and tenderly so than in American Beauty "
" American Beauty, which is by far the strongest American film of the year."
"Its rich, brilliant and unnerving worka funny movie that hurts "
" perhaps no actor but Spacey could hold its contradictory moods together."
"Mendes is a master of embarrassment and discord and the crack timing he brings make us laugh again and again."
" when Mendes wound up working with the great American cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, a miracle was wrought. A dazzling technician hes never been this witty or moving before, and from the opening shots we are stunned "
"The editing by Tariq Anwar and Chris Greenbury is superb."
"I can think of no other American movie that sets up tensions with smarty-pants social satire and resolves them with a burst of metaphysics. When the different parts of American Beauty come together at last, the movie makes something merely clever like The Truman Show or Happiness look like childs play."