Argo Reviews

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John Serba
MLive.com
January 13, 2015
Argo is consistently tense, entertaining and watchable. After Gone Baby Gone, The Town and now this, Affleck is a bigger star behind the camera than in front of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
January 13, 2015
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. And sometimes it isn't, and it must be bent and twisted out of shape until any authenticity becomes purely theoretical.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 13, 2015
Even though the ending is well known, Affleck masterfully maintains the tension, tempering it with welcome laughs provided by two veteran filmmakers involved in the scheme (Alan Arkin and John Goodman).
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
January 13, 2015
Argo is extremely savvy entertainment, deftly blending showbiz satire with street-level suspense sequences.
Scott Marks
San Diego Reader
January 13, 2015
The cast helps to keep things moving -- particularly the hilarious interplay between Arkin and Goodman. And is it me, or should Bryan Cranston be in every film released?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Anderson
Starburst
January 13, 2015
Affleck's resurgence continues with a solid third directorial outing, and great performances from the entire cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald
January 13, 2015
Only two scenes do more than hint at the poetic potential of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
January 13, 2015
Extraordinarily suspenseful, extremely well-told and effortless in its complex tonal balance, Argo is a captivating and thoughtful true-life drama that boasts a story so astonishing, it could only be told in the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Leah Rozen
TheWrap
January 13, 2015
Let's just say that the movie's final section is so nail-bitingly tense, thanks to a skillful combination of acting, writing and crosscutting, that it puts Affleck in the big leagues as a director.
January 13, 2015
With one of the better ensembles in recent memory, Affleck purposely gives his cast room to shine while not diminishing the risks Mendez took.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Popham
Independent on Sunday
January 13, 2015
Affleck, who directs as well as stars, conjures a denouement every bit as stomach-shredding as Skyfall's.
David Blaustein
ABC News Radio
January 13, 2015
Fists will be clenched, jaws will be locked, breath will be held and hearts will palpitate, all while you sit on the edge of your seat. If Affleck has committed any cinematic sins in the past, Argo absolves him of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
January 13, 2015
Affleck is becoming a more skillful director with each passing project, and in terms of both technical accomplishment and entertainment value, Argo is a worthy successor to his previous films, Gone Baby Gone and The Town.
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
January 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: A-
AP Kryza
Willamette Week
January 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: A-
Jay Stone
Canada.com
January 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Knight
National Post
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Eric D. Snider
Movies.com
July 20, 2013
This is mature, invigorating stuff, alternately tense, funny, stirring and ultimately very satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
This is premium, breathless entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
Entertaining and suspenseful in old-fashioned ways.
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