Argo Reviews

October 31, 2019
The film plays out in the broadest of broad strokes with Affleck employing a lowest common denominator tone that would make the most hackneyed of Hollywood filmmakers proud.
December 20, 2018
The action is exciting, the Hollywood scenes are dryly funny. But we never get to know the people for whom this farcical plot has been invented.
April 30, 2018
Unlike the domestic spy thriller of the 1970s, today's CIA apologist thriller does not reveal how official truth is an illusion, an elaborate cover-up constructed to hide abuses of power.
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.
January 13, 2015
Only two scenes do more than hint at the poetic potential of the premise.
December 26, 2012
Second billing to unabashed jingoism
November 1, 2012
There is an intelligent, funny film waiting to come out of this story; it will have to keep waiting.
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.
October 11, 2012
It's the definition of far-fetched popcorn-patriotic heroics.
October 11, 2012
Fact-based but politically cautious.
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.
October 11, 2012
...a deeply myopic view of the world, one focused through a distinctly - and distorted - American lens.
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.
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.
September 10, 2012
Argo is just so-so.