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Assassination Tango (2002)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 46

Slow to start, this quirky film eventually overstays its welcome.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 16

Slow to start, this quirky film eventually overstays its welcome.



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Leading man Robert Duvall writes and directs his third feature, the romantic thriller Assassination Tango. John J. (Duvall) is an aging hit man who has settled down into family life in New York with teacher Maggie (Kathy Baker). After he is offered a good sum of money, he accepts a job to kill an Argentinean General in Buenos Aires. When he gets there, he finds out he has to wait three weeks to finish the job, so he stays in Argentina and studies the tango. He meets young dancer Manuela


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Robert Duvall

Dec 9, 2003


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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (46) | DVD (11)

Assassination Tango runs aground with an accumulation of small illogicalities.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Newsday
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It's a curious and unsatisfying lark, in which Robert Duvall the actor is rendered speechless by Robert Duvall the writer and sideswiped by Robert Duvall the director.

May 1, 2003
New York Observer
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A film that uses tango as a metaphor for life ought to generate some fire. But Assassination Tango offers little heat.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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What we care about in Assassination Tango is the tango, not the assassination.

April 17, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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While the assassination plot is interesting, the rest of Tango is dramatically flaccid.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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An ode to love and art while simultaneously a reminder of human frailty.

April 11, 2003
Detroit News
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He's an old assassin, she's a young local dancing hottie, and they mix dance, lust and guns.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

It is a form of condescension that Duvall could only perpetrate while being blinded by true love.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source:

O ritmo é lento, falta foco à narração e o ato final é confuso. Por sorte, este não é um filme sobre "tramas", mas sobre personagens - e é aí que merece elogios.

April 29, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It's slow, but it's also sure-footed. Duvall takes it at his own damn pace, and his grouchy old man of a contract killer is a well-rounded and wholly believable personage.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source:

More a song about living and dying well than a picture that makes much sense in the traditional definition.

December 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

I loved this film for what it didn't try to do.

July 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Turgid and self-indulgent...haphazardly constructed and featuring dialogue that sounds poorly improvised--as well as a central character who's less a human being than a collection of cliches.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Are there 72 year-old hit men?

May 27, 2003 Full Review
Movie Reviews in Croatian would be a mistake to dismiss Duvall's career behind the camera as a rich character actor's hobby.

May 26, 2003 Full Review | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

If Duvall wanted to celebrate his hobby, he should have made a documentary.

May 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

You get the feeling Duvall took a tango trip to Buenos Aires and haphazardly decided to make a crime movie while staying there.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

While Duvall's contribution to the tango canon may not add much to its mystique, it still offers considerable pleasures to anyone who shares his interest.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Not so much a movie as a chance to sidle up alongside Robert Duvall and twirl around a cinematic dance floor with him.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Its many tiny character details make up for the ludicrous story it's telling.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

One of the most boring films in recent memory. Almost nothing happens.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch

A monotonously shuffling pet project that nearly induces sleep as it trips over and shoots itself in its celluloid feet.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The exquisitely genuine dance scenes are the anti-Chicago.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

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