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Argo (2012)

tomatometer

96

Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 265
Fresh: 254 | Rotten: 11

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

94

Average Rating: 8.9/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 3

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

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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

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Chris Terrio

Feb 19, 2013

$136.0M

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All Critics (265) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (254) | Rotten (11) | DVD (4)

Entertaining and suspenseful in old-fashioned ways.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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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.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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For 100 minutes, 'Argo' is close to flawless.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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'Argo' is one of the best movies of the year.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (10)
Richard Roeper.com
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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.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
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The movieland satire is laid on thick, but it's also deadly accurate. Schlock has never seemed so patriotic, and Arkin and Goodman have rarely been so good.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
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.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
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.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

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.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

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

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

This is premium, breathless entertainment.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

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

March 31, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

... a terrific piece of filmmaking.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

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

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

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

February 23, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

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

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

January 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
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.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

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

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
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.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

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

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
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.
March 27, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Its alright but not worth all the praise it got. Slow burner with very little pay off.
January 21, 2014
stuartb1234

Super Reviewer

Suspenseful and well-acted.
September 6, 2013
Raajay

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.
August 20, 2013
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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    1. Lester Siegel: History starts out as farce and ends up as tragedy.
    – Submitted by Thiru????i K (6 months ago)
    1. Jack O'Donnell: We're a spy agency! Find him!
    – Submitted by Zach S (7 months ago)
    1. Lester Siegel: If I'm doing a fake movie, it's gonna be a fake hit.
    – Submitted by The Most Interesting T (9 months ago)
    1. John Chambers: We did it!
    – Submitted by Lucas B (12 months ago)
    1. Lester Siegel: There are suicide missions with better odds than this.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (12 months ago)
    1. Lester Siegel: We did it!
    – Submitted by Lucas B (12 months ago)
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