Amigo Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 19, 2011
The overlong "Amigo" has its heart in the right place, but its approach to complex issues is too simplistic to win over unconverted minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 18, 2011
Uneven but ultimately affecting...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2011
A heavy-handed attack on U.S. imperialism with little to compensate in the way of character interest and genuine drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 18, 2011
"Amigo" is a well-carpentered narrative, fast-moving and emphatic, stepping nimbly from gravity to good humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 18, 2011
John Sayles, a filmmaker by trade, a provocateur by nature, means to stir things up with Amigo. That he does, and more power to him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 18, 2011
The problem is that this pot of intrigue takes ages to boil, and the cook refuses to turn up the heat.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 18, 2011
A beautifully shot, beautifully acted, rich piece that whispers its messages rather than shouting them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
August 17, 2011
Few filmmakers are ambitious enough these days to try addressing our present world-policing endeavors through the prism of past ones, so it almost seems churlish to take Sayles to task for relying on overly dogmatic storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
August 16, 2011
It feels more florid and earnest -- a little too eager to make friends -- than Sayles' other films, but it also feels more passionate and provocative than 99% of everything else out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 19, 2010
Admirably sincere but bluntly simplistic.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2010
It's a familiar tale, but the setting is different, and Sayles tells it with his usual cinematic vigor and attention to small detail.