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The American Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
A lush canvas of verdant riverbanks and dim, foreboding streets at night. The anxious stillness gets under your skin.
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Outstanding cinematography and score and excellent acting make for a remarkable movie. The American is a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Michael Dequina
October 13, 2013
That the film through these slow, poetic paces remains engrossing, engaging, and ultimately oddly affecting is a testament to Clooney's terrific performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 5, 2013
George Clooney delivers a strong but subdued performance in this slow-paced character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Beck
September 23, 2012
The filmmakers seem to have forgotten that it takes more than a brooding assassin to engage the audience for the full runtime of the film. Moreover, if that character isn't involved in an interesting narrative, they'll have even less reason to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
It may not be the fast-paced assassin thriller you might expect, but it benefits more from that than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2011
When the story is threadbare and the picture lacks dynamism, all that's left is the character study but Corbijn's technique frustrates any attempt to truly get under Jack's skin. Consequently The American is often as non-descript as its title.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 11, 2011
An arty Euro thriller that favours style over excitement and character over plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 4, 2011
suggests that we've lost everything but our desire to be better--and in the end, it lets us decide whether that's good enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
If you want to see a carefully paced, well-designed and beautifully shot suspense-thriller that hits all of its marks, then you could do far worse than The American.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 28, 2011
... for audiences that prefer to be absorbed by films rather than exhausted by them, The American offers a rare experience.
Sarah Boslaugh
January 5, 2011
The camera loves Clooney, of course, but it also loves watching him building a custom rifle in his shop...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
December 28, 2010
For all of its precise direction and beautiful imagery, it's a classic genre picture, and a damn good one at that...
Fernando F. Croce
December 6, 2010
Listless Euro-ennui pastiche
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 2, 2010
While it feels like nothing much is happening, there's a lot going on under the surface, and a real sense of growing suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 30, 2010
There's a lot to value, even if it drinks a little too deeply from the well of stock Euro-assassin-movie characters and situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Fennell
Triple J
November 30, 2010
Sparse, tense, beautiful... and strangely empty. The dialogue, plot and characterisation are nowhere near as deep or profound as the filmmakers seem to think they are.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nev Pierce
Empire Magazine
November 29, 2010
A muted thriller, weighed a little too obviously with existential angst. Still, sexy and tense, with a brave, bare performance from Clooney.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sophie Ivan
November 29, 2010
Partway between icy existentialism and retro romantic thriller, The American wants to have its cake and eat it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 29, 2010
It purrs evenly, like the engine of a luxury automobile, with a cool, sleek satisfaction at how stylish it is. That said, it is pretty stylish...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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