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The American Reviews

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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
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.
November 10, 2010
It deserves credit for its style but the holes in the screenplay were too hard for me to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 10, 2010
The 'lonely assassin who falls in love' is too familiar a story to be interesting in its own right, and somewhere along the line Corbijn, Clooney, and writer Rowan Joffe forgot to imbue Jack with enough of intensity and conflict to keep the story flowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2010
The American is like a paperweight sitting on your head for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 1, 2010
If watching Clooney rub his brow a lot -- and sit around in gorgeously silhouetted moments while glaring at the harsh, rugged, friendless Italian rustic scenery -- sounds appealing, then you're probably on the same wavelength as director Anton Corbijn.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 1, 2010
You may find yourself momentarily spellbound by Anton Corbijn's gorgeous film, but ultimately unfulfilled.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 3, 2010
A slumberous, glacially paced bore -- with George Clooney on the poster
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2010
Listless Euro-ennui pastiche
September 1, 2010
Jack works out. Jack puts together a rifle as if he were making a YouTube instructional video. Though Clooney broods beautifully, we'd like a story, too. But this Amer-I-can can't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
August 31, 2010
What did George Clooney see in this script?
September 1, 2010
This sophisticated low-key drama has all the trappings of a foreign art house film. The languid pacing of this time waster should prove to be an instant cure for insomnia. The visual eye candy doesn't compensate for a disjointed story where...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 31, 2010
Gorgeously shot with plenty of beautiful scenery to gush over, but mostly dull and disjointed, more "boredom-inducing" than Bourne.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 1, 2010
"I know The American is not just a Clooney vanity project, but it sure has the trappings. There are seemingly endless shots of Clooney. And there are several shots of the back of George's head, which emotes as much as his face.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 29, 2010
The American is not a film which explains everything. That's half the beauty of it.
September 2, 2010
Unconventionally slow-paced, low on palpable thrills and often dull despite its brilliant, exquisite cinematography. It ultimately suffers from excessive style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
September 1, 2010
The problem lies with director Anton Corbijn, who has no feel for the material.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 4, 2010
no matter how pretty it looks, it provides little reason to care about what happens while you're looking at it.
August 31, 2010
A film that speaks so softly it ends up saying nothing at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 2, 2010
No shaky cam! No logic-defying stunts! But The American also lacks a pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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