The American Reviews

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.
November 29, 2010
At its best, the film's silence and unrevealing mood of observation remind you of 'The Passenger' or Paulo Sorrentino's 'Consequences of Love'...
September 21, 2010
This movie is so serious about its pretensions that none of it makes any sense.
September 7, 2010
A textbook thriller...The excitement of the movie comes from its technical polish.
September 3, 2010
While cinema-lovers can cheer a director willing to buck the fashion for sensory overload, The American can't rightly be called a success.
September 3, 2010
The good news, though, is that eventually The American does get to where it wants to be, and becomes a rather improbably but genuinely moving story.
September 3, 2010
If you're expecting a star-propelled thriller with the usual bob, weave and one-two punch, this isn't your ticket.
September 3, 2010
Early on, the priest explains to Jack, 'You have the hands of a craftsman, not an artist.' The American is the product of such hands as well: lovely in execution, if somewhat wanting in inspiration.
September 3, 2010
Even on its own artsy terms, the film falls apart long before the end.
September 2, 2010
This is Serious Clooney, starring in a deliberative film that could have sprung from mid-'60s France or Italy.