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Argo Reviews

January 13, 2015
The cast helps to keep things moving -- particularly the hilarious interplay between Arkin and Goodman. And is it me, or should Bryan Cranston be in every film released?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 13, 2015
Let's just say that the movie's final section is so nail-bitingly tense, thanks to a skillful combination of acting, writing and crosscutting, that it puts Affleck in the big leagues as a director.
June 14, 2013
Entertaining and suspenseful in old-fashioned ways.
January 4, 2013
Affleck himself turns in a quietly impressive movie star performance. Tony Mendez is a kind of anti-Bourne, comfortable with his anonymity, living off his wits, not his fists.
October 31, 2012
With Affleck's continued growth as a director, it makes you want to see what he will deliver next.
October 30, 2012
For 100 minutes, 'Argo' is close to flawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2012
'Argo' is one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 12, 2012
Argo has that solid, kick-the-tires feel of those studio films from the 70s that were about something but also entertained. Only it's as laugh outright amusing as it is sobering.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 12, 2012
The movieland satire is laid on thick, but it's also deadly accurate. Schlock has never seemed so patriotic, and Arkin and Goodman have rarely been so good.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 12, 2012
Argo is a rollicking yarn, easily the most cohesive and technically accomplished of Affleck's three films so far, but a part of me wishes the director hadn't cast himself in the lead role.
October 12, 2012
If nothing else, it proves that every so often, the CIA can pull something off - and that yes, Canadians are just about the nicest people on the planet.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2012
The film is a whopper of a tale, one designed for Oscar nominations, Best Picture and Best Director among them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2012
Argo is a movie of many parts, the sum of which can probably be best described as enjoyable Hollywood hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2012
It's a well-told story that's timely, topical and thoroughly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2012
It may not have a lot beyond its outrageous story, but the story is undeniably a doozy, and the movie is a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 12, 2012
If you didn't know otherwise, you'd swear this was the work of a veteran master like Steven Soderbergh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 12, 2012
It's serious and substantive, an ingeniously written and executed drama fashioned from a fascinating, little-known chapter of recent history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2012
Even though most people know the outcome, this movie still will have you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 11, 2012
The movie is accomplished enough to stand alongside the 1970s political thrillers that inspired it, right down to the vintage red-and-black Warner Bros. logo that opens the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2012
Fusing suspense and humor in a political thriller is a tricky prospect, but Argo is more than up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 11, 2012
Ben Affleck doesn't merely direct Argo, he directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor, the nerve-frying suspense. There's no doubt he's crafted one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2012
"Argo" exults in what a movie can do when its story has a compelling core.
October 11, 2012
"Argo" is both an inspiring tale of risk and heroism, and a crackling piece of entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2012
With America's tormented relationship with Iran back on the global front burner, "Argo" is also a crafty, reflective mood piece that will leave you thinking about the resounding echoes of that tormented and not-so-distant era.
October 11, 2012
It's high-class Hollywood, not the low-rent and exploitative route that the make-believe movie at the heart of this tale would have taken.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
October 11, 2012
The script is snappy, but the real accomplishment here is how Affleck, who both stars in and directs Argo, manages to segue from Ocean's 11-style repartee to pulse-pounding tension and back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 11, 2012
Affleck easily orchestrates this complex film with 120 speaking parts as it moves from inside-the-Beltway espionage thriller to inside Hollywood dark comedy to gripping international hostage drama, all without missing a step.
October 11, 2012
[Affleck's] ambition for the thriller has gone international, it's gone important, but, crucially, not self-important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2012
An impressive mix of serious suspense filmmaking and ironic, mood-lightening humor. And it has the added distinction of being mostly true, based on a declassified CIA operation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2012
A tone-perfect hybrid of insider show-biz spoof and tense spy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 11, 2012
In the end, this is a story about outwitting rather than killing the enemy, making it a homage to actual intelligence and an example of the same.
October 11, 2012
An entertaining, real-life, race-the-clock thriller that nabs you at the start and never makes a wrong move.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 11, 2012
It's an embodiment of the kind of quality adult film that really shouldn't be an endangered species, and a love letter from Affleck to the industry that made him, shunned him, and loves nothing more than to be loved.
October 11, 2012
Fact-based but politically cautious.
October 11, 2012
Argo navigates these familiar qualities through a nice calibration of performances and breezy pace that pulls you along with the increasingly risky stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 11, 2012
Before he was a Middle Eastern studies major, Ben Affleck dreamed of directing a movie that mattered. "Argo" is his dream come true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2012
The propulsive hostage thriller "Argo," the third feature directed by Ben Affleck, just plain works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2012
The film glides skillfully from the perilous front lines of international espionage to the lower reaches of show business and back again, quietly drawing parallels between worlds in which appearances are everything.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 11, 2012
Both spellbinding and surprisingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 10, 2012
It re-creates the mood of an era, a nation's frustration and anger, all while rollicking along with a crackling adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 10, 2012
A lot of movies take us back to the late '70s/early '80s, but few have done it so forcefully and with so little application of kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2012
Argo is a triumph. It has tension, sincerity, mystery, artistic responsibility, entertainment value, technical expertise, a narrative arc and a thrilling respect for the tradition of how to tell a story with minimum frills and maximum impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 10, 2012
Clever, taut, and restrained.
October 10, 2012
"'Argo' is quite a satisfactory impossible mission indeed."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 9, 2012
Affleck captures not just the way we looked and acted during this era, but vividly brings history to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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 9, 2012
A marvel of cunning, an irresistible blend of cool realism and Hollywood hokum.
October 9, 2012
While steeped in the trends and filmmaking style of the decade, "Argo" still feels immediate and relevant. Affleck's best film yet is also one of the best films of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 3, 2012
Argo is never less than wildly entertaining, but a major part of its power is that it so ominously captures the kickoff to the world we're in now.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 10, 2012
Argo is just so-so.
September 7, 2012
Kudos to Ben Affleck, actor and director, for delivering a vital and thrilling political actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 6, 2012
White-knuckle tense and less self-congratulatory than it sounds, Ben Affleck's unexpectedly comedic third feature has the vital elements to delight adult auds.
September 1, 2012
Argo is a crackerjack political thriller told with intelligence, great period detail and a surprising amount of nutty humor for a serious look at the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81.