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American Made (2017)

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Critic Consensus: American Made's fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier -- and delightfully watchable -- energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role.

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Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House with the Iran Contra scandal.

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Tom Cruise
as Barry Seal
Domhnall Gleeson
as Monty Schafer
Sarah Wright
as Lucy Seal
Jesse Plemons
as Sheriff Downing
Jayma Mays
as Dana Sibota
Lola Kirke
as Judy Downing
Alejandro Edda
as Jorge Ochoa
Benito Martinez
as James Rangel
E. Roger Mitchell
as Craig McCall
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Liman mines the story for familiar but fun comedy

August 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The draw, however, remains Cruise, figuratively walking out on a wing; whether multiplexers rejoin him there will be seen, but after endless formula runouts, it's encouraging to see him being properly exercised again.

August 17, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A sweat-slicked, exhausting but glibly entertaining escapade on its own terms, "American Made" is more interesting as a showcase for the dateless elasticity of Cruise's star power.

August 17, 2017 | Full Review…
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Kudos are due to Liman and Spinelli... for honing the script into a reasonably manageable two-hour romp around the Byzantine conspiracy-caper seen through the eyes of Seal.

August 17, 2017 | Full Review…

The problem is that Cruise, even when trying to cut loose, is always so tightly controlled that we never truly feel the reptilian survivalism of Barry Seal.

August 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Style and humor galore, and a hugely entertaining performance from Tom Cruise. But should a true story of immense governmental corruption be quite this fun?

September 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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