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American Splendor

  NR Closed Captioning

Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman

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Plot Summary

The life of underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar is chronicled in this exceptionally droll film. Told through a collage of dramatic sequences, interviews with the real Pekar and his pals, and quirky animated sequences, this cinematic comic book follows Pekar's career, artistic and otherwise; his marriage; his 'cancer year'; and even his boisterous television appearances.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 180
  • Fresh: 169
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A glorious rebuke to all this summer's recycled, effects-ridden, laboriously "fun" Hollywood disappointments piled along the wayside like so many crashed cars. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Jul 14, 2010

Fresh: It's an experience that's deeply human and profoundly moving. – Paul Clinton (,, Mar 5, 2005

Fresh: It would be a mistake to regard American Splendor as an anthem for the common man. It is the uncommon that is being celebrated here. – Peter Rainer, New York Magazine, Apr 17, 2007

Fresh: I can't imagine how the filmmakers went about it, let alone pulled the whole thing off, but their film comes together in unpredictable and remarkably pleasurable ways. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Apr 12, 2013

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Customer Reviews


Sometimes you watch a movie and just before you watch it, you have absolutely no desire to watch it. When it's over you can't believe how amazing it was and you respect everyone involved more than ever! That is this movie. Just a perfect piece about how people are different, but also the same. Wow!!! Are people really different in this movie and the fact that they are real people makes this film that much more special! Rest in peace Harvey! Thanks for being real!

American Splendor
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2003

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