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Argo (2012)


Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 266
Fresh: 255
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.

Average Rating: 8.8/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 47
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.


Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 200,360


Movie Info

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is … More

R (for language and some violent images)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Chris Terrio
In Theaters:
Feb 19, 2013
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Argo

All Critics (266) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (255) | Rotten (11) | DVD (4)

Entertaining and suspenseful in old-fashioned ways.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Affleck himself turns in a quietly impressive movie star performance. Tony Mendez is a kind of anti-Bourne, comfortable with his anonymity, living off his wits, not his fists.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Top Critic

With Affleck's continued growth as a director, it makes you want to see what he will deliver next.

Full Review… | October 31, 2012
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

For 100 minutes, 'Argo' is close to flawless.

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

'Argo' is one of the best movies of the year.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012
Top Critic

Argo has that solid, kick-the-tires feel of those studio films from the 70s that were about something but also entertained. Only it's as laugh outright amusing as it is sobering.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

While the plot of Argo sounds too unbelievable to be true, this fact-based story ends up as both compelling and as exciting as any adventure James Bond ever had.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
Fresno Bee

By not pandering sentimentality, Affleck has managed a task that, like its subject, seems impossible: He's taken what others would have turned into farce and emerged with one of the year's best pictures.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
Willamette Week

Ben Affleck's wildly entertaining thriller Argo is further proof of the old Hollywood adage that fiction is stranger than truth after all.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014

The film hits most of its comic notes on the backs of two Hollywood old-timers played by Alan Arkin and John Goodman, who clearly relish the opportunity to lampoon people they work with every day.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
National Post

This is mature, invigorating stuff, alternately tense, funny, stirring and ultimately very satisfying.

Full Review… | July 20, 2013

This is premium, breathless entertainment.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

A superior effort in which Affleck seldom fails to maintain suspense.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

The film, for all its ample smarts and solid academic craft, is just a great time at the movies.

Full Review… | March 31, 2013

... a terrific piece of filmmaking.

Full Review… | March 24, 2013
Parallax View

Ben Affleck is one of this generation's best directors and "Argo" is a tight, engaging thriller.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

Argo is director Ben Affleck's weakest effort by far, but still a well-made, performance-driven historical drama.

Full Review… | February 23, 2013
We Got This Covered

The only reason to watch Argo is because it's heavily padded, and while it works pretty well regardless, I wouldn't hold that up as an example of high quality filmmaking.

Full Review… | February 19, 2013

Ben Affleck is a director who appreciates the art of storytelling and masters the rare virtue of restraint...

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
Cinema Crazed

The sky's the limit for Ben Affleck right now, and its nothing less than he deserves.

Full Review… | January 20, 2013
Fan The Fire

Affleck spins the absurd true story into an engrossing espionage thriller that would be utterly ridiculous if the stakes weren't literally life-or-death.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
NOW Toronto

After Gone Baby Gone, The Town and now this directorial-best, Affleck is establishing himself as a major craftsman.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Time Out Chicago

Affleck inserts such thoughtful commentary and ideas unobtrusively into his film; there's no ideological ball-peen hammer from the filmmaker to drive his beliefs into the audience.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Toledo Blade

Argo expertly builds tension and makes you wonder whether the mission will succeed.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Austin American-Statesman

Audience Reviews for Argo

It's a simple movie, a film about a ride to the airport really. But Affleck makes no mistakes ... not a one in this telling of a true international event, a crisis, and therein the charm. The locales, the actors, the writing, the pacing, everything done nigh perfectly (nearly Hitchcockian!), all built to a cohesive whole that's as nerve wracking as any film could be. Must see.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Its alright but not worth all the praise it got. Slow burner with very little pay off.

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

Suspenseful and well-acted.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


"Argo" plays loose with with the facts, but that's ok. As a piece of historical-based fiction, it's bested by few other. Ben Affleck keeps his cinematic streak alive with what is in many ways his best film to date. He delivers a film so clear, so precise that we don't simply view the events unfolding; we live them. The film strikes a balance of grit, humor and intensity without ever feeling less than authentic. Even though we know where the narrative is going, "Argo" has a payoff that hits home and all the right notes. You get a sense from "Argo" that for Affleck... it's only up from here. He's a commanding force to be reckoned with, both in front of and behind the lens . For the third time he has made one of the very best films of the year. This time, I don't think "Oscar" will forget to take notice.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Argo Quotes

Lester Siegel:
History starts out as farce and ends up as tragedy.
– Submitted by Thiru????i K (12 months ago)
Jack O'Donnell:
We're a spy agency! Find him!
– Submitted by Zach S (13 months ago)
Lester Siegel:
If I'm doing a fake movie, it's gonna be a fake hit.
– Submitted by The Most Interesting T (16 months ago)
John Chambers:
We did it!
– Submitted by Lucas B (18 months ago)
Lester Siegel:
There are suicide missions with better odds than this.
– Submitted by Lucas B (18 months ago)
Lester Siegel:
We did it!
– Submitted by Lucas B (18 months ago)

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