Amigo Reviews

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 2, 2011
"Amigo" might be the talkiest war movie ever made.
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 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 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
Uneven but ultimately affecting...
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
"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
The problem is that this pot of intrigue takes ages to boil, and the cook refuses to turn up the heat.
August 18, 2011
A beautifully shot, beautifully acted, rich piece that whispers its messages rather than shouting them.
August 17, 2011
Well cast and undeniably attuned to the nuances of human behavior, "Amigo" nevertheless suffers from simple dramatic shorthand.
August 17, 2011
Few filmmakers are ambitious enough these days to try addressing our present world-policing endeavors through the prism of past ones, so it almost seems churlish to take Sayles to task for relying on overly dogmatic storytelling.
August 16, 2011
It feels more florid and earnest -- a little too eager to make friends -- than Sayles' other films, but it also feels more passionate and provocative than 99% of everything else out there.
September 19, 2010
Admirably sincere but bluntly simplistic.
September 16, 2010
It's a familiar tale, but the setting is different, and Sayles tells it with his usual cinematic vigor and attention to small detail.