Amigo Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 13, 2012
Offers a valuable history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 9, 2012
Naysayers might argue that the film's anti-war message is so obvious it doesn't bear repeating; but if that's the case, why do we tolerate so many unnecessary wars?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 16, 2011
A reflection on power and betrayal, on the thin line between acting as your conscience demands and protecting obligations close to your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
November 11, 2011
A nuance-free, emotionally stunted historical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 6, 2011
Sayles is always an interesting storyteller, and if "Amigo" isn't typical of his subtler methods, it's still a compelling look at history and its continuing influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
September 16, 2011
Movies this intelligent and aware of so many different points of view should be celebrated, so kudos to Sayles for pulling it off, time and again, in his multi-decade career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 16, 2011
When John Sayles wants to tell a story, he makes fine movies such as "Lone Star" and "The Secret of Roan Inish." When Sayles wants to prove a point, he makes dreck like "Amigo."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 15, 2011
Amigo is quiet and slow, a war drama in which the war has mostly passed the main characters by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2011
Sayles narrowly avoids the preachy direction in which Amigo pulls, largely because he isn't interested in making anyone into a punching bag.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 2, 2011
Neither character-narrative engaging nor educationally enlightening, the film adds up to a fail.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 2, 2011
"Amigo" might be the talkiest war movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 1, 2011
There's no real sense of the atmosphere of a sticky, buggy, fetid jungle, and no intensity to a story that cries out for a sense of moral outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 1, 2011
You could argue that the chief villain of the ambiguously titled "Amigo" is language, which is used quite deliberately to mock and mislead and betray.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
The film keeps several balls in the air simultaneously while never actually taking sides.
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
August 25, 2011
"Amigo" is probably too didactic and period-bound to find a wide audience, and the Americans who would benefit most from it are likely to be confused by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
August 19, 2011
In its quiet way, Amigo builds to a devastating portrait of war's terrible cost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
August 19, 2011
Amigo ought to be a great film: the subject is fascinating and still resonates today, even though it takes place over a hundred years ago. The Philippine-American war has been pretty much ignored...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 19, 2011
Not nearly dramatic or tense enough, even when it's showing us things that should touch a nerve or an emotion.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 19, 2011
By choosing Rafael as its hero, "Amigo" looks not only at a little-known part of American history, but at a rarely examined type of movie character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 19, 2011
An engrossing, perceptive, supremely humane drama about imperialism and loyalty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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