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Amistad Reviews

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January 9, 2018
The narrative perils are daunting in this little-known true tale of a bloody slave-ship rebellion in 1839 and its jumbled aftermath in the U.S. judicial system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 14, 2017
'Amistad' may not be the first, or fifth, or tenth film people talk about when Spielberg's name comes up. But it has more moments that will put your hair on end than other filmmakers' best works, and that says something.
December 21, 2010
Powerful story for mid-teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2006
In short, a wordy courtroom drama which seldom progresses beyond ciphers, stereotypes and salutary slogans.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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+
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
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+
May 22, 2003
Amistad is the kind of movie that makes a tired topic seem fresh and entertaining again.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
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
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
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
May 31, 2002
Falta alma ao filme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 12, 2002
Spielberg seems to be dividing his filmmaking output into two distinct halves: in the summer months cranking out no-brainer dinosaur the winter season unveiling his serious artistic stuff to edify the adults and woo the Oscar crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2002
Good-to-middling courtroom drama, period playacting, and civics lesson, animated by perhaps two Oscar-noteworthy performances.
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