Amistad Reviews

September 7, 2011
June 24, 2006
In short, a wordy courtroom drama which seldom progresses beyond ciphers, stereotypes and salutary slogans.
June 18, 2002
In Amistad, an admirable but disappointing effort...[Speilberg] veers between stoic political correctness and mushy Hollywood platitudes.
May 31, 2002
Falta alma ao filme.
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.
February 27, 2001
Spielberg's considerable talent is not quite enough to unearth it
January 1, 2000
Amistad is prestige filmmaking bereft of inspiration -- sometimes even of the nuts and bolts of craft.
January 1, 2000
Amistad is a maddening film because it comes so close to greatness.
January 1, 2000
Strip it of its historical trappings, and Amistad is really just another courtroom drama -- a particularly manipulative one to boot.
January 1, 2000
Dry and dawdling, haphazardly structured, and grindingly obvious.
January 1, 2000
Scenes go on and on in endless, witless dialogue, ever accompanied by John Williams' hideously gushing music.
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 an excellent story, poorly told.
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.
December 12, 1997