Amistad Reviews

August 17, 2018
Amistad is certainly a film of considerable power.
June 1, 2018
Amistad is worth seeing for the stormy scenes on board the slave boat, and for Djimon Hounsou's magnetic performance. Otherwise, it can't decide on its direction, and this unique historical event is stifled into a less than thrilling courtroom drama.
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.
December 15, 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.
September 7, 2011
December 21, 2010
Powerful story for mid-teens and up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 18, 2003
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.
May 22, 2003
Amistad is the kind of movie that makes a tired topic seem fresh and entertaining again.
May 20, 2003
February 8, 2003
Just when you thought you had seen the best movie there is about a historic seagoing vessel, along comes Amistad.
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...
December 8, 2002
October 15, 2002
Steven Spielberg's engaging, heartfelt and well-made drama delves into a critical incident in the history of slavery in America.