Assassination Tango Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 28, 2003
Assassination Tango runs aground with an accumulation of small illogicalities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 1, 2003
It's a curious and unsatisfying lark, in which Robert Duvall the actor is rendered speechless by Robert Duvall the writer and sideswiped by Robert Duvall the director.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 18, 2003
A film that uses tango as a metaphor for life ought to generate some fire. But Assassination Tango offers little heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 17, 2003
What we care about in Assassination Tango is the tango, not the assassination.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 11, 2003
While the assassination plot is interesting, the rest of Tango is dramatically flaccid.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 11, 2003
An ode to love and art while simultaneously a reminder of human frailty.
| Original Score: B+
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 11, 2003
Moves to an off-kilter rhythm that seems at times to be locked away in the head of its writer/director/star.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 11, 2003
The characters and situations here are all stereotypical or undercooked.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 11, 2003
| Original Score: C
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 11, 2003
If this sounds like an awkward combination, it is.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
April 10, 2003
Yes, it's murky, but if you enjoy watching Mr. Duvall dig into a gnarly character, the script's flaws fade in importance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 4, 2003
The studied pace of Duvall's film, and his carefully measured performance, will win over more patient patrons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 4, 2003
It's an uneven but occasionally fascinating film, as labors of love so often are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 4, 2003
It's hard to see what Duvall thinks is so interesting about the hit man, aside from the fact that he's playing him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 4, 2003
A great character actor's love letter to the one art form that makes him feel like a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 4, 2003
Something of a noirish thriller, although Duvall's script drops the ball big time in this regard.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2003
Duvall has created it from the inside out, seeing it not through the eyes of the audience but through the mind of Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 4, 2003
Generally delivers in none of the areas it penetrates, not as a thriller, not as an encomium to the tango, not as a tribute to a passionate relationship.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
April 4, 2003
About one commanding performance, fascinating to watch but not strong enough to redeem the muddled story line on which it hangs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 3, 2003
A wonderfully crafted, smartly acted study of a complex old coot.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 3, 2003
An exercise in narcissism and nepotism that scoots by, not on story or suspense, but on [Duvall's] Old World charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 3, 2003
It's a film whose pleasures creep up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 28, 2003
Even Marlon Brando wouldn't be able to keep this from being the last tango in Buenos Aires that anyone is likely to see on screen for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 28, 2003
The dance scenes are lovely, but by the end it hits you that the assassination is the movie's real tango, and that few artists have caught the swirl and kick of modern male aggression better than Duvall.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 28, 2003
Overlong and far less engaging than Duvall's earlier Angelo My Love and The Apostle.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 27, 2003
If Mr. Duvall's finely textured performance is a testament to the power of good screen acting to lift a film above the mundane, the movie's many irritating tics demonstrate that he is much more at home in front of the camera than behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 27, 2003
Written and directed by Duvall, Assassination Tango is a wonderfully eccentric piece of filmmaking -- to demand it cohere to formula would be to miss the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 27, 2003
If you love dance movies, Assassination Tango is worth a go.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 25, 2003
The film is scrupulously posture-free.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 23, 2003
For those who do not demand a firm adherence to formulas and genre-driven expectations, this movie offers the chance to see something a little different.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 21, 2003
Duvall missteps in trying to mesh suspense with a love story.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 8, 2002
While [its] diverse parts don't always coalesce, Duvall's performance is a fully dimensional, richly robust keeper.