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Amistad Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
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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
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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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The best parts of Amistad are those that simply bring their pride, fear and outrage to life.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Amistad is prestige filmmaking bereft of inspiration -- sometimes even of the nuts and bolts of craft.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
As Spielberg vehicles go, Amistad -- part mystery, action thriller, courtroom drama, even culture-clash comedy -- lands between the disturbing lyricism of Schindler's List and the storybook artificiality of The Color Purple.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Halfway into Amistad comes the point where Steven Spielberg pulls the lever, and the stink and horror and bestialities of slavery spill around our ankles. We can't look away.
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Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: C