'Bill Hicks was the rock star of American comedy in every way, right down to the pancreatic cancer that claimed him young in 1994. He died, as he lived, before his time.
'The documentary American reaches some way into the irony of his career: Hicks joked and raged about America, but got his most receptive audience right here. America didn’t want to know.
'A Southern Baptist childhood gave him the rebel itch: he would sneak out of his bedroom window as a teenager, honing his craft and caricaturing his parents at open-mike nights.
'Footage of his gigs is jumbled up with cut-and-paste photo montage, not always that skilfully, and it’s doubtful that the film achieves enough insight for pre-ordained Hicks-heads - it’s better as an introduction.
'Still, it nails his furious and vital point that what the American flag should represent is the freedom to burn it.' (Telegraph movie review & Isohunt torrent download).