It's on Martin Scorsese's list of films you need to see to know anything about film. Slant Magazine concludes, "America America is a revealing work about the American dream because it doesn't envision it as a noble enterprise, but rather a painful and seemingly never-ending process." Senses of Cinema calls it an "epic, physical, elemental, almost monomaniacal film". Time Out calls it "one of the peaks of Kazan's career". Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 67% and a higher audience rating of 89%.