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Amigo Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 13, 2012
Offers a valuable history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
September 19, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 15, 2011
Amigo is quiet and slow, a war drama in which the war has mostly passed the main characters by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
The film keeps several balls in the air simultaneously while never actually taking sides.
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
August 19, 2011
In its quiet way, Amigo builds to a devastating portrait of war's terrible cost.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 19, 2011
By choosing Rafael as its hero, "Amigo" looks not only at a little-known part of American history, but at a rarely examined type of movie character.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 19, 2011
An engrossing, perceptive, supremely humane drama about imperialism and loyalty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 18, 2011
a complex narrative that sides with neither left nor right.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 18, 2011
Uneven but ultimately affecting...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 18, 2011
"Amigo" is a well-carpentered narrative, fast-moving and emphatic, stepping nimbly from gravity to good humor.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 18, 2011
John Sayles, a filmmaker by trade, a provocateur by nature, means to stir things up with Amigo. That he does, and more power to him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 18, 2011
A portrait of American imperialism set in an occupied village during the 1900 Philippine-American War.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 18, 2011
A beautifully shot, beautifully acted, rich piece that whispers its messages rather than shouting them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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