RICHARD RAYNER Harper's Bazaar

"‘American Beauty’ will quickly find its place in the category of unique masterpieces such as "The Graduate," "One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest" and "Ordinary People." It is emotionally spacious, perfectly modulated, and seems likely to redefine Kevin Spacey’s career and kick it to another level."

"Kevin Spacey won an Oscar in 1995 for his role as Keyser Soze in ‘The Usual Suspects.’ Now, thanks to his career changing performance in the stunning new movie, ‘American Beauty,’ he best make room for another one."

"‘American Beauty’ is the buzz film of the Fall."

"Howlingly funny…yet reminds us of the beauty of life."