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Argo Reviews

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Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
October 12, 2012
Argo may be a good film that was just viewed by someone who isn't its target audience, but in the meantime feels like another Ben Affleck related project that's being over praised because of who's attached to it and its bureaucratic subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 11, 2012
Undeniably rousing, but deeply irresponsible, Argo fans the flames surrounding historical events likely to still remain raw in the memory of many viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 11, 2012
It's the definition of far-fetched popcorn-patriotic heroics.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 10, 2012
"Argo" is one more example of how Hollywood waters down its movies for mass consumption. They need to try harder. Much, much harder.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 1, 2012
There is an intelligent, funny film waiting to come out of this story; it will have to keep waiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 10, 2012
Argo is just so-so.
December 26, 2012
Second billing to unabashed jingoism
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald
January 13, 2015
Only two scenes do more than hint at the poetic potential of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 11, 2012
Fact-based but politically cautious.
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
January 13, 2015
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. And sometimes it isn't, and it must be bent and twisted out of shape until any authenticity becomes purely theoretical.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
October 11, 2012
...a deeply myopic view of the world, one focused through a distinctly - and distorted - American lens.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 9, 2012
Out in the audience, you never shake the feeling-partly intentional-that Argo itself is swaddled in a kind of phony ersatzness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2012
Affleck has paraded well beyond dramatic liberties into a thick confetti of parochial myth-making, and it's disconcerting to see how content he appears to be with trading fact for fiction.
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
October 19, 2012
Hats off to Argo, a taut, clever new film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, for deftly, constructing historical realism five minutes into the narrative and locking us into that frantic period of 1979.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 8, 2016
It's so sleek and well-made that you'll wish you could park it in your driveway and show it off to your neighbors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
June 10, 2016
Truth is stranger than fiction, it's a fact; but when truth and fiction morph into each other, the strangeness factor increases exponentially. That's what happens in Ben Affleck's ingenious take on the real-life CIA (Iran hostage) mission.
Full Review | Original Score: 4 of 5
Jonathan Anderson
Starburst
January 13, 2015
Affleck's resurgence continues with a solid third directorial outing, and great performances from the entire cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Popham
Independent on Sunday
January 13, 2015
Affleck, who directs as well as stars, conjures a denouement every bit as stomach-shredding as Skyfall's.
Ian Bunting
Daily Record (UK)
January 13, 2015
Argo doesn't quite match Gone Baby Gone or The Town for quality but that just shows how much of an impression the one time star of Bounce has made in the director's chair.
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
January 13, 2015
It's not quite high art, but Affleck makes a potboiler here, joining the upper ranks of actors-turned-directors. Nice job, Ben.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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