Jeffrey Wright's new movie debuts with 100% Rotten Tomatoes score

Jeffrey Wright's upcoming film American Fiction has earned rave first reviews, landing a coveted Rotten Tomatoes score.

Written and directed by The Good Place's Cord Jefferson in his feature directorial debut, American Fiction has premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, opening with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating from 10 reviews.

Based on the 2001 novel Erasure by Percival Everett, the film follows novelist Monk (Wright), frustrated with the establishment profiting off cliché-ridden Black entertainment.

When Monk writes his own outlandish, stereotypically Black book, he suddenly finds himself at the very core of that hypocrisy he's long tried to distance himself from.

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Alongside Wright, recently seen in Wes Anderson's Asteroid City, American Fiction also stars Black-ish's Tracee Ellis Ross, This Is Us's Sterling K Brown, and Barbie's Issa Rae, as well as Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Myra Lucretia Taylor, John Ortiz and Adam Brody.

While it's possible the film's Rotten Tomatoes score will change once more reviews are in, let's take a look at what critics have said about it so far:

The Guardian

"Feels like Jordan Peele snuck a bottle of pepper sauce into Alexander Payne's Thanksgiving dinner."

Black Girl Nerds

"The script dialogue was on point. Every phrase and word flowed, setting the perfect pace. Good dialogue advances the plot, establishes character, and provides exposition while sounding natural and lifelike—mission accomplished in American Fiction."

jeffrey wright attends the asteroid city premiere wearing a dark teal jacket and a black top
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"The helmer trusts his audience to bring themselves to the material. Ultimately, that's what makes reading American Fiction so rewarding."

The Hollywood Reporter

"American Fiction is smart and, thanks to its fine cast, has genuine heart."

Screen International

"This is a thoughtful, and quite often very funny, look at someone struggling to be true to himself — while also learning about the ways in which he really needs to change."


"The witty and clever writing and heartfelt and comedic performances are nomination worthy to say the least."

The Daily Beast

"A triumphant satire about race, exploitation, family and identity that's as rich and captivating as [Wright's] tour-de-force."

A release date for American Fiction is yet to be announced.

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