Amistad Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Powerful story for mid-teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
In short, a wordy courtroom drama which seldom progresses beyond ciphers, stereotypes and salutary slogans.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Amistad is worth seeing just for people to know about this important story, this moment in history. But from the world's most powerful, successful and famous director, we expect more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 13, 2006
Aiming to instruct and entertain, and often struggling to reconcile these goals, Amistad lacks the subtlety of tone and simplicity of form that made Schindler's List one of Spielberg's very best; here, however, every idea and image are too explicit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Fortunately, the dry, courtroom banter is interjected with powerful accounts of the violent, inhumane atrocities inflicted on the slaves by Spanish merchants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Amistad is the telling of an interesting event in American history, but doesn't draw its audience in to the heart of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
This is the most straightforward, understated, and powerful big-screen representation of the gospel in recent movie history. And for that, Amistad should be recommended to everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
July 19, 2003
As with Schindler’s List, Spielberg allows his subjects to be remote and somewhat unknowable human beings, creating an air of documentary-like authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Amistad is the kind of movie that makes a tired topic seem fresh and entertaining again.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Just when you thought you had seen the best movie there is about a historic seagoing vessel, along comes Amistad.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Spielberg's films never lack a certain degree of narrative and visual force, but his tendency toward sentimentality, a strictly antipodal, Good-vs.-Bad conception of character, and an insensitivity to structure have consistently marred his work...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Steven Spielberg's engaging, heartfelt and well-made drama delves into a critical incident in the history of slavery in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
In Amistad, an admirable but disappointing effort...[Speilberg] veers between stoic political correctness and mushy Hollywood platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Despite its occasional imperfections...Amistad must be regarded as a monumentally impressive achievement and further proof of Spielberg's ongoing maturation as an artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Falta alma ao filme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 13, 2002
The essential commitment to freedom is so much a part of the story that, at least in this one brief moment, justice triumphed.
| Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Spielberg seems to be dividing his filmmaking output into two distinct halves: in the summer months cranking out no-brainer dinosaur flicks...in the winter season unveiling his serious artistic stuff to edify the adults and woo the Oscar crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Good-to-middling courtroom drama, period playacting, and civics lesson, animated by perhaps two Oscar-noteworthy performances.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 1, 2002
Celebrates the holy grail of freedom and how the quest for justice is supported by the spirits of ancestors .
June 14, 2001
The whole historical untouchability of a Very Important Film & the incredibly dry nature of the facts was what made this production a lose-lose proposition for Spielberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
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