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Amigo Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
November 30, 2010
With jokes at the expense of ignorant Yankee soldiers one minute, an execution of an alleged traitor the next, Amigo is tonally abrupt.
Mike Scott
November 11, 2011
A nuance-free, emotionally stunted historical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
April 22, 2011
Sayles turns the worthy subject into such a bloodless launching pad for relevant references to American imperialism.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
August 15, 2011
Frustratingly sacrifices cinematic expressiveness and human nuance in favor of anachronistic, on-the-nose parallels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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."
| Original Score: 1/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 2, 2011
Neither character-narrative engaging nor educationally enlightening, the film adds up to a fail.
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Eric Kohn
August 17, 2011
Well cast and undeniably attuned to the nuances of human behavior, "Amigo" nevertheless suffers from simple dramatic shorthand.
Michelle Orange
August 18, 2011
Rather than digging into a character-driven narrative and allowing the resonances to flow naturally from it, Sayles seemed to begin with a set of inferences to modern American imperialism and work backwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 18, 2011
The problem is that this pot of intrigue takes ages to boil, and the cook refuses to turn up the heat.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 19, 2011
The overlong "Amigo" has its heart in the right place, but its approach to complex issues is too simplistic to win over unconverted minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
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...
| Original Score: 2.1/2
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2011
A heavy-handed attack on U.S. imperialism with little to compensate in the way of character interest and genuine drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Leydon
September 19, 2010
Admirably sincere but bluntly simplistic.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 19, 2011
Not nearly dramatic or tense enough, even when it's showing us things that should touch a nerve or an emotion.
Marc Mohan
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 2, 2011
"Amigo" might be the talkiest war movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

NOW Toronto
September 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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
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