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Amistad Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Dry and dawdling, haphazardly structured, and grindingly obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 24, 2006
In short, a wordy courtroom drama which seldom progresses beyond ciphers, stereotypes and salutary slogans.
May 31, 2002
Falta alma ao filme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Amistad is an excellent story, poorly told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 27, 2001
Spielberg's considerable talent is not quite enough to unearth it
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Amistad is prestige filmmaking bereft of inspiration -- sometimes even of the nuts and bolts of craft.
January 1, 2000
While the Africans [in Amistad] are tremendously sympathetic, the film maintains a distance from them, granting emotional access instead to the well-intentioned white guys.
January 1, 2000
Amistad is a maddening film because it comes so close to greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Strip it of its historical trappings, and Amistad is really just another courtroom drama -- a particularly manipulative one to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Scenes go on and on in endless, witless dialogue, ever accompanied by John Williams' hideously gushing music.
Full Review | 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 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
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
January 1, 2000
A true Amistad movie should be a highly emotional tale about the courage and will of the Africans themselves not the American-centered courtroom drama that Spielberg has made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 12, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
What is most valuable about Amistad is the way it provides faces and names for its African characters, whom the movies so often make into faceless victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Thematically rich, impeccably crafted, and intellectually stimulating, the only area where this movie falls a little short is in its emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
December 21, 2010
Powerful story for mid-teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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