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.
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:
"Feels like Jordan Peele snuck a bottle of pepper sauce into Alexander Payne's Thanksgiving dinner."
"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."
"The helmer trusts his audience to bring themselves to the material. Ultimately, that's what makes reading American Fiction so rewarding."
"American Fiction is smart and, thanks to its fine cast, has genuine heart."
"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."
"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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