Amigo Reviews

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January 8, 2019
Writer-director John Sayles isn't trying to tell the story of one war, or, more importantly, one man. He's using that one man to make a political point, thereby losing the humanity of his story in the process.
March 13, 2012
Offers a valuable history lesson.
March 9, 2012
Naysayers might argue that the film's anti-war message is so obvious it doesn't bear repeating; but if that's the case, why do we tolerate so many unnecessary wars?
November 16, 2011
A reflection on power and betrayal, on the thin line between acting as your conscience demands and protecting obligations close to your heart.
November 11, 2011
A nuance-free, emotionally stunted historical drama.
October 6, 2011
Sayles is always an interesting storyteller, and if "Amigo" isn't typical of his subtler methods, it's still a compelling look at history and its continuing influence.
September 19, 2011
September 16, 2011
Movies this intelligent and aware of so many different points of view should be celebrated, so kudos to Sayles for pulling it off, time and again, in his multi-decade career.
September 16, 2011
When John Sayles wants to tell a story, he makes fine movies such as "Lone Star" and "The Secret of Roan Inish." When Sayles wants to prove a point, he makes dreck like "Amigo."
September 15, 2011
Amigo is quiet and slow, a war drama in which the war has mostly passed the main characters by.
September 6, 2011
Sayles narrowly avoids the preachy direction in which Amigo pulls, largely because he isn't interested in making anyone into a punching bag.
September 2, 2011
Neither character-narrative engaging nor educationally enlightening, the film adds up to a fail.
September 2, 2011
"Amigo" might be the talkiest war movie ever made.
September 1, 2011
There's no real sense of the atmosphere of a sticky, buggy, fetid jungle, and no intensity to a story that cries out for a sense of moral outrage.
September 1, 2011
You could argue that the chief villain of the ambiguously titled "Amigo" is language, which is used quite deliberately to mock and mislead and betray.
August 26, 2011
The film keeps several balls in the air simultaneously while never actually taking sides.
August 25, 2011
"Amigo" is probably too didactic and period-bound to find a wide audience, and the Americans who would benefit most from it are likely to be confused by it.
August 19, 2011
In its quiet way, Amigo builds to a devastating portrait of war's terrible cost.
August 19, 2011
Amigo ought to be a great film: the subject is fascinating and still resonates today, even though it takes place over a hundred years ago. The Philippine-American war has been pretty much ignored...
August 19, 2011
Not nearly dramatic or tense enough, even when it's showing us things that should touch a nerve or an emotion.
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