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Assassination Tango Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 17, 2003
What we care about in Assassination Tango is the tango, not the assassination.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 11, 2003
Boring, meandery and clumsy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
March 2, 2003
What could have been a fascinating exploration of the sensuous culture of Argentine tango (a subject the actor/director displays an affection for) winds up instead being a rather clumsy mobster movie with lots of been-there, done-that touches.
| Original Score: 2/5
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
May 27, 2003
Are there 72 year-old hit men?
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 4, 2003
Generally delivers in none of the areas it penetrates, not as a thriller, not as an encomium to the tango, not as a tribute to a passionate relationship.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003
The dancing episodes hold interest while the assassination plot becomes superfluous.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
March 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
March 31, 2003
Irresolute and underdeveloped, this movie has two ideas smushed together without a disciplined evaluation of what they mean to each other and where they fit. It's a character study that isn't more than skin deep.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Carlo Cavagna
March 27, 2003
Francis Ford Coppola suggested to his friend that he combine his love of tango with his love of filmmaking. The story doesn't seem to be thought out much beyond that.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeremiah Kipp
January 15, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 21, 2003
Duvall missteps in trying to mesh suspense with a love story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 27, 2003
If Mr. Duvall's finely textured performance is a testament to the power of good screen acting to lift a film above the mundane, the movie's many irritating tics demonstrate that he is much more at home in front of the camera than behind it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 28, 2003
Overlong and far less engaging than Duvall's earlier Angelo My Love and The Apostle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 3, 2003
An exercise in narcissism and nepotism that scoots by, not on story or suspense, but on [Duvall's] Old World charisma.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 4, 2003
It's hard to see what Duvall thinks is so interesting about the hit man, aside from the fact that he's playing him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 11, 2003
If this sounds like an awkward combination, it is.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 11, 2003
Read More | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 11, 2003
The characters and situations here are all stereotypical or undercooked.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
May 28, 2003
Assassination Tango runs aground with an accumulation of small illogicalities.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2003
Robert Duvall should have stuck to the tango because the hit man aspect misses the target.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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