The American Reviews

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November 29, 2020
The story is just generic enough that by the third act, few outcomes are unpredictable.
September 2, 2020
Clooney's performance here is so brilliantly understated that there's virtually no chance he will receive any recognition for it.
November 13, 2019
... The American is a well-acted, methodical, contemplative and visually interpretive work that, like Jack's namesake butterfly, is an endangered form of filmmaking.
October 29, 2019
While all-American good boy Henry Fonda remained a badass bastard until that film's end, Clooney's Jack's resolve softens and flitters away like an endangered butterfly.
June 7, 2019
This is engaging stuff - a compelling and finely tuned thriller that reminds us just what a star Clooney is while deftly deconstructing the very Hollywood persona he represents.
March 1, 2019
Whilst the ending exposes the purpose of his last job and hits the intended target with a bulls eye accuracy, I'm afraid that it's a little too late to care when everything comes to a disastrous end.
November 5, 2018
The American is a film in which nothing happens for approximately 110 minutes. For long periods, you could be forgiven for thinking that you had walked into an extended perfume or clothes commercial.
August 30, 2018
This is a western wrapped up in an Abruzzo tourism brochure, but that's OK. I now know it's my favourite kind of cowboy film.
July 10, 2018
The American is in fact a double-stunner - a retro-ish Euro-espionage thriller that's written, acted and directed as if it were still 1974.
March 13, 2018
A lethargic work that breaks out intermittently into action and suspense, an American movie for people who don't like American movies.
February 7, 2018
The American doesn't set out to be anything other than a twisty, deliberate film that relies on suspense and paranoia more than car chases and gunplay. The problem is that even on its own artsy terms, the film falls apart long before the end.
April 28, 2015
A lush canvas of verdant riverbanks and dim, foreboding streets at night. The anxious stillness gets under your skin.
November 11, 2013
Outstanding cinematography and score and excellent acting make for a remarkable movie. The American is a must-see.
October 13, 2013
That the film through these slow, poetic paces remains engrossing, engaging, and ultimately oddly affecting is a testament to Clooney's terrific performance.
January 5, 2013
George Clooney delivers a strong but subdued performance in this slow-paced character study.
September 23, 2012
The filmmakers seem to have forgotten that it takes more than a brooding assassin to engage the audience for the full runtime of the film. Moreover, if that character isn't involved in an interesting narrative, they'll have even less reason to care.
August 15, 2011
It may not be the fast-paced assassin thriller you might expect, but it benefits more from that than anything else.
June 30, 2011
When the story is threadbare and the picture lacks dynamism, all that's left is the character study but Corbijn's technique frustrates any attempt to truly get under Jack's skin. Consequently The American is often as non-descript as its title.
April 11, 2011
An arty Euro thriller that favours style over excitement and character over plot.
March 4, 2011
suggests that we've lost everything but our desire to be better--and in the end, it lets us decide whether that's good enough.
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