Outstanding cinematography and score and excellent acting make for a remarkable movie. The American is a must-see.
| Original Score: 9/10
That the film through these slow, poetic paces remains engrossing, engaging, and ultimately oddly affecting is a testament to Clooney's terrific performance.
| Original Score: 3/4
George Clooney delivers a strong but subdued performance in this slow-paced character study.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It may not be the fast-paced assassin thriller you might expect, but it benefits more from that than anything else.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
An arty Euro thriller that favours style over excitement and character over plot.
suggests that we've lost everything but our desire to be better--and in the end, it lets us decide whether that's good enough.
If you want to see a carefully paced, well-designed and beautifully shot suspense-thriller that hits all of its marks, then you could do far worse than The American.
| Original Score: 4/5
... for audiences that prefer to be absorbed by films rather than exhausted by them, The American offers a rare experience.
The camera loves Clooney, of course, but it also loves watching him building a custom rifle in his shop...
| Original Score: 6/10
For all of its precise direction and beautiful imagery, it's a classic genre picture, and a damn good one at that...
While it feels like nothing much is happening, there's a lot going on under the surface, and a real sense of growing suspense.
There's a lot to value, even if it drinks a little too deeply from the well of stock Euro-assassin-movie characters and situations.
| Original Score: 3/5
A muted thriller, weighed a little too obviously with existential angst. Still, sexy and tense, with a brave, bare performance from Clooney.
Partway between icy existentialism and retro romantic thriller, The American wants to have its cake and eat it.
It purrs evenly, like the engine of a luxury automobile, with a cool, sleek satisfaction at how stylish it is. That said, it is pretty stylish...
As with watching the equally compact, detached Cary Grant, it's a great pleasure just to see the stone-faced Clooney going about his work exuding mystery and inner torment...
At its best, the film's silence and unrevealing mood of observation remind you of 'The Passenger' or Paulo Sorrentino's 'Consequences of Love'...
The greatest singular joy of The American is the fact that it's less complicated than Clooney's 2007 thriller Michael Clayton and we're never sure if George is going to explode into life.
Haunting and insistent, The American is one of the best films of the year.
| Original Score: 5/5
The American is always coolly watchable, but the suspicion remains that there's rather less here than meets the eye.