Amistad Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Dry and dawdling, haphazardly structured, and grindingly obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
In short, a wordy courtroom drama which seldom progresses beyond ciphers, stereotypes and salutary slogans.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Falta alma ao filme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Amistad is an excellent story, poorly told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Spielberg's considerable talent is not quite enough to unearth it
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Amistad is prestige filmmaking bereft of inspiration -- sometimes even of the nuts and bolts of craft.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
While the Africans [in Amistad] are tremendously sympathetic, the film maintains a distance from them, granting emotional access instead to the well-intentioned white guys.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Amistad is a maddening film because it comes so close to greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Strip it of its historical trappings, and Amistad is really just another courtroom drama -- a particularly manipulative one to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Scenes go on and on in endless, witless dialogue, ever accompanied by John Williams' hideously gushing music.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Spielberg seems to be dividing his filmmaking output into two distinct halves: in the summer months cranking out no-brainer dinosaur flicks...in the winter season unveiling his serious artistic stuff to edify the adults and woo the Oscar crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
In Amistad, an admirable but disappointing effort...[Speilberg] veers between stoic political correctness and mushy Hollywood platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
A true Amistad movie should be a highly emotional tale about the courage and will of the Africans themselves not the American-centered courtroom drama that Spielberg has made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What is most valuable about Amistad is the way it provides faces and names for its African characters, whom the movies so often make into faceless victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Thematically rich, impeccably crafted, and intellectually stimulating, the only area where this movie falls a little short is in its emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 13, 2002
The essential commitment to freedom is so much a part of the story that, at least in this one brief moment, justice triumphed.
| Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Powerful story for mid-teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Fortunately, the dry, courtroom banter is interjected with powerful accounts of the violent, inhumane atrocities inflicted on the slaves by Spanish merchants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
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