Argo Reviews

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Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine
January 13, 2015
Affleck is still building up his chops as a director, but the intelligence and ambition he brings to filmmaking are particularly apparent in Argo.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
January 13, 2015
The old saw "truth is stranger than fiction" has had its teeth properly sharpened in the superb thriller Argo, a blend of political history and Hollywood hijinks that goes right for the jugular.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 13, 2015
How do you mix a sweaty thriller with Wag the Dog-like chicanery and one-liners? He pulls it off, in part because the backdrops and costumes are so authentic and the performances so straightforward. It is also his technique.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today
January 13, 2015
I can't remember the last time I was in a movie theater audience that clapped. Twice. Even I clapped. It's that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 13, 2015
Credit Affleck for keeping these two wildly different ideas and tones in check. The Tehran portions would have been too grim without the humor, and the Hollywood scenes too flippant without the deadly stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]
January 13, 2015
Much like his earlier directorial efforts, Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Affleck delivers a blockbuster with brains that's populated by nicely rounded characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
January 13, 2015
Sharp, brisk and highly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
January 13, 2015
The emotional catharsis of Argo isn't what happens onscreen, but the sheer knowledge that the creaky old moviemaking system has put together something this crowd-pleasing and great.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
January 13, 2015
It's not quite high art, but Affleck makes a potboiler here, joining the upper ranks of actors-turned-directors. Nice job, Ben.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 13, 2015
With star -- and the film's director -- Ben Affleck sporting his best bushy beard and playing a genial spook, Argo turns out to be an enjoyable and polished spy thriller.
Ian Bunting
Daily Record [UK]
January 13, 2015
Argo doesn't quite match Gone Baby Gone or The Town for quality but that just shows how much of an impression the one time star of Bounce has made in the director's chair.
January 13, 2015
A smart, gripping thriller and further proof that Ben Affleck is as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it.
Karen Krizanovich
The Arts Desk
January 13, 2015
Argo is one of this year's must-see films which, unlike most, is tremendous entertainment.
Michelle Orange
sbs.com.au
January 13, 2015
The staging of the actual airport getaway is flawless and thrilling; in recreating it Affleck is blunt in depicting the hatred fueling the hunt for remaining Americans on Iranian soil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
January 13, 2015
Affleck's eye as a director is relentlessly curious, constantly looking for the details that sell the emotion or the tension or the subtext, and it feels like he's become very confident.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Craig Mathieson
The Age (Australia)
January 13, 2015
[An] exceedingly good period thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
January 13, 2015
Argo is crackerjack entertainment deserving of both awards and box office as it offers up two hours of laughs, suspense and history in an extremely enjoyable package.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Geoff Chapman
IGN Movies
January 13, 2015
Argo certainly isn't a film to be dismissed, the interesting moments should be enough to pull you through, but a film like this, about this story, with this cast, really had the potential to be much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
January 13, 2015
Ben Affleck has delivered a knuckle-muncher of a thriller and a satire on Hollywood, both in one unlikely package.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
January 13, 2015
The acting of the ensemble cast -- led strongly by Affleck, who also directed the picture -- is faultless. No one steals a scene. Everyone picks one up, runs with it a while, and hands it to someone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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