STEPHEN COLE Toronto National Post

"…first-time director Sam Mendes’ vision of modern-day America is also imbued with real moments of cinematic grace and human compassion."

"…newcomer Wes Bentley in a star-making turn…"

"…it is (Mendes’) fearlessness, cinematic grace…and probing intelligence that makes ‘American Beauty’ the rare Hollywood film that demands a second viewing."