• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Sayles
    In Theaters:
    Aug 19, 2011 Limited
  • Variance Films
  • Amigo
    2 minutes 8 seconds
    Added: Jul 12, 2011


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Amigo Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Offers a valuable history lesson.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

March 13, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2011
Mike Scott

A nuance-free, emotionally stunted historical drama.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

November 11, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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 Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

September 16, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Amigo is quiet and slow, a war drama in which the war has mostly passed the main characters by.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

September 15, 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 Source: DCist | Original Score: 6/10

September 6, 2011
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Neither character-narrative engaging nor educationally enlightening, the film adds up to a fail.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

September 2, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"Amigo" might be the talkiest war movie ever made.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 2, 2011
Marc Mohan

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C

September 1, 2011
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The film keeps several balls in the air simultaneously while never actually taking sides.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 26, 2011
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

"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 Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2011
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

In its quiet way, Amigo builds to a devastating portrait of war's terrible cost.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 3/4

August 19, 2011
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

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 Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks | Original Score: 2.1/2

August 19, 2011
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Not nearly dramatic or tense enough, even when it's showing us things that should touch a nerve or an emotion.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

August 19, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

August 19, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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An engrossing, perceptive, supremely humane drama about imperialism and loyalty.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

August 19, 2011
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