Amigo Reviews

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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.
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 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 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
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.
August 19, 2011
An engrossing, perceptive, supremely humane drama about imperialism and loyalty.
August 18, 2011
a complex narrative that sides with neither left nor right.
August 18, 2011
Uneven but ultimately affecting...
August 18, 2011
"Amigo" is a well-carpentered narrative, fast-moving and emphatic, stepping nimbly from gravity to good humor.
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.
August 18, 2011
A portrait of American imperialism set in an occupied village during the 1900 Philippine-American War.
August 18, 2011
A beautifully shot, beautifully acted, rich piece that whispers its messages rather than shouting them.
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