American Fiction

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture of 2023

Brief Synopsis: "Thelonious “Monk” Ellison's writing career has stalled because his work isn’t deemed “Black enough.” Monk, a writer and English professor, writes a satirical novel under a pseudonym, aiming to expose the publishing world's hypocrisies. The book’s immediate success forces him to get deeper enmeshed in his assumed identity and challenges his closely-held worldviews."

Overall Ranking: 1220 (Rank from 2023: # 26)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 37.5%
Regular 37.5%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Brittani Burnham of Rambling Film92(full review)
MaddWolf Hope90 - Buoyed by a delightful ensemble and cuttingly hilarious script, he delivers one of the finest performances of his career.
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Mountanto85(full review)
matthew liedke80(full review)
Samuel of The Grand Shuckett80(full review)
Keith And The Movies70(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin61(full review)
ThereInTheDark60(full review)

People Involved

  • Jeffrey Wright (Thelonious Monk Ellison)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (Lisa Ellison)
  • Erika Alexander (Coraline)
  • Leslie Uggams (Agnes Ellison)
  • Sterling K. Brown (Clifford Ellison)
  • Myra Lucretia Taylor (Lorraine)
  • John Ortiz (Arthur)
  • Issa Rae (Sintara Golden)
  • Adam Brody (Wiley Valdespino)
  • Skyler Wright (Brittany)
  • John Ales (Leo)
  • Patrick Fischler (Mandel)
  • Carmen Cusack (Gilda)
  • Joseph Marrella (Matthew Wilson)
  • Stephen Burrell (Jordan Phillips)
  • Nicole Kempskie (Sintaras Moderator)
  • Ryan Richard Doyle (Ned)
  • Kate Avallone (Woman on Patio)
  • Dustin Tucker (Phillip)
  • Michael Jibrin (Jelani)
  • Michele Proude (Bulgers Nurse)
  • David De Beck (Dr. Bulger)
  • Okieriete Onaodowan (Van Go Jenkins)
  • Keith David (Willy the Wonker)
  • Miriam Shor (Paula Baderman)
  • Raymond Anthony Thomas (Maynard)
  • Greta Quispe (Luz Borquez)
  • J. C. MacKenzie (Carl Brunt)
  • Elle Sciore (Layne)
  • Justin Andrew Phillips (Arthurs Intern)
  • Neal Lerner (Wilson Harnet)
  • Jenn Harris (Ailene Hoover)
  • Bates Wilder (Jon Daniel Sigmarsen)
  • Jason Armani Martinez (Nursing Home Orderly)
  • Michael Cyril Creighton (John Bosco)
  • Celeste Oliva (Dr. Tiefel)
  • Megan Robinson (Kenya Dunston)
  • Christopher Barrow (Burt)
  • Alexander Pobutsky (Kenny)
  • Tokunbo Joshua Olumide (Alvin)
  • Chhoyang Cheshatsang (Wileys Assistant)
  • Michael Malvesti (Plainclothes Cop)