Amigo Reviews

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.
November 11, 2011
A nuance-free, emotionally stunted historical drama.
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 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.
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.
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.
August 18, 2011
A heavy-handed attack on U.S. imperialism with little to compensate in the way of character interest and genuine drama.
August 18, 2011
The problem is that this pot of intrigue takes ages to boil, and the cook refuses to turn up the heat.
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.
August 17, 2011
Well cast and undeniably attuned to the nuances of human behavior, "Amigo" nevertheless suffers from simple dramatic shorthand.
August 15, 2011
Frustratingly sacrifices cinematic expressiveness and human nuance in favor of anachronistic, on-the-nose parallels.
April 22, 2011
Sayles turns the worthy subject into such a bloodless launching pad for relevant references to American imperialism.
February 23, 2011
Unfortunately, as with much of recent Sayles, Amigo never really takes a stand.
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.
September 19, 2010
Admirably sincere but bluntly simplistic.
September 17, 2010