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American Made Reviews

October 13, 2017
But by the time the movie roared to its shockingly grim, remarkably embittered ending, American Made had won me over.
October 6, 2017
It skitters and jumps, shivers and boot-scoots, never, ever sitting still. You could say it's like "Blow," on well, blow. But there's a breezy sunniness to this film, which looks like a faded snapshot reclaimed from an '80s photo album.
October 5, 2017
One assumes that Cruise got this film made, yet he's a terrible fit for the role: he's always done his best work portraying smart, insightful characters in dramatic stories, but Seal was a yahoo whose sorry escapades are played here for cynical laughs.
October 2, 2017
Without realizing it, American Made is a wincing metaphor for Tom Cruise's movie career-which, come to think of it, is exclusively and embarrassingly American made, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2017
The impetuous pace of the film is at one with its moral shamelessness, and, without thinking, we sign up for both.
September 29, 2017
[Tom] Cruise gives his energetic all to the role, but he, too, doesn't seem to be quite aware that Seal was morally compromised far beyond the shallow confines of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 29, 2017
It's a morbidly fascinating comedy, an insinuating mock documentary, and a twisted take on the American dream, audaciously masquerading as a high-caliber thriller. It's one of the most enjoyable movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 29, 2017
There's an aspirational pleasure in seeing Cruise, now in his mid-50s, jump through these hoops. He knows we prefer him when he shades his easy charm with self-doubt, and Barry has a pleasingly sweaty desperation. But not enough ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2017
The story at times feels too wild, too crazy to be true, but that's what makes it worth telling. "American Made" is a real whopper.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 28, 2017
American Made is breezy and fun and makes its points without subjecting the viewer to a browbeating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2017
If American Made were limited to what Seal knew personally, some of the dangling threads in Gary Spinelli's script could be written off. As it is, they hint at stories we'd like to know better
September 28, 2017
The point here is not to depict Reagan-era corruption or cartel ruthlessness. The point is a wild ride akin to [the real-life] Barry's own - you may as well enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 28, 2017
The film may be fact-based but that doesn't stop it from feeling generic, like you've seen it all before. The big difference is that Cruise is spreading his starshine over this one and that (still) counts for something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2017
Cruise doesn't seem fully suited to the role of lovable reprobate, but he knows how to capture an adrenaline rush and his charisma is, as ever, undimmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
September 28, 2017
It's everything you could want from a flashy true-crime biopic skewering the hypocrisy and malice of the Reagan Administration's covert war in Central and South America.
September 28, 2017
"American Made" is a smart, nervy film, a very modern entertainment made with energy, style and a fine sense of humor that keeps us amused until gradually, almost imperceptibly, the laughter starts to stick in our throats.
September 28, 2017
It's nice to be reminded that Tom Cruise has the chops to play somebody other than Tom Cruise, Action Hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2017
Just when it seems it may be time to close the book on Tom Cruise's acting career, something comes along to suggest new chapters are possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2017
"American Made" goes down easily, especially if you don't let the historical record with its real-world stakes bother you.
Top Critic
September 28, 2017
Barry is the closest thing Tom Cruise has played to a regular Joe in more than a decade, and the part isn't a snug fit.
September 28, 2017
Though sanitized here, Seal's story is riveting; his life was as duplicitous as the country he sometimes represented. Cruise flying his drug-packed plane in American Made is like a weird extension of Cruise flying for glory in Top Gun back in the '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 28, 2017
It's the grubbiest, greasiest vision of bad boys gettin' away with it in recent memory, a glass of sour milk specifically timed to curdle just at the moment you think it might be harmless.
September 28, 2017
"American Made" is a stinging critique of U.S. foreign policy disguised as a freewheeling action comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 28, 2017
Mostly, there's Cruise, who at 55 looks a decade and a half younger, and can still fill a cockpit with star power some 30 years after Top Gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 28, 2017
Even as Cruise keeps us rooting for Barry, Liman reminds us that this is a story of bad guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2017
American Made sells a toxic, shallow, anti-American Dream bill of goods for anybody looking to shake their head about exceptionalism without seriously considering what conditions enable that mentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 28, 2017
It's refreshing to see the famous Cruise grin used more as a mask than a crutch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 28, 2017
Unable to present a protagonist that makes sense, "American Made" tries something else. It insists that the world doesn't make sense; thus, Barry is just going with the flow and getting carried along by events.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 28, 2017
Cruise plays Barry as an aw-shucks raconteur, and the routine is amusing at first. But midway through American Made, even Cruise devotees might decide enough is enough.
September 28, 2017
"American Made" really does deserve to be on a double-bill with "Top Gun," and I'm betting Cruise knows it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2017
American Made has such style and energy that its hasty patchwork of a narrative becomes a kind of charm unto itself, even when it means losing track of talented actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 28, 2017
American Made points out an unfortunate time in our history when government shenanigans ran amok internationally and people did bad things in the name of greed and power. But hoo-boy, does Tom Cruise have fun with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2017
As is, at two hours, it's fairly entertaining even when it doesn't quite work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 27, 2017
Cruise's latest is the smart, zippy American Made, a movie that plays very much like your type-A Tom Cruise movie before it yanks the rug out from beneath you and reveals the B-movie Cruise we've been missing.
September 27, 2017
It's all punctuated with the famous [Tom] Cruise grin, which hasn't changed since Risky Business
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2017
There's something oddly joyless about the whole enterprise. Its overweening cynicism leaves a curdled aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2017
Seal is not a likable guy exactly. He's actually kind of a greedy, amoral dirtbag. Which is why Liman and screenwriter Gary Spinelli need someone like Cruise to sell him. And sell him he does.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 26, 2017
Doug Liman's electric film is clear-eyed about the cynicism and corruption beneath its hero's anxious grin. It voraciously breaks down both the star and the country he has symbolized for so much of his career.
September 26, 2017
It gives Liman a chance to stage a few tense aerial sequences ... it gives Cruise the opportunity to re-establish his brand of aggressive good humor and carefree - make that careless - adventure. They know what they're doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 23, 2017
Liman mines the story for familiar but fun comedy
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 17, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
August 17, 2017
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
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
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.