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.
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.
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.
August 15, 2011
It may not be the fast-paced assassin thriller you might expect, but it benefits more from that than anything else.
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.
February 1, 2011
If you want to see a carefully paced, well-designed and beautifully shot suspense-thriller that hits all of its marks, then you could do far worse than The American.
January 28, 2011
... for audiences that prefer to be absorbed by films rather than exhausted by them, The American offers a rare experience.
January 5, 2011
The camera loves Clooney, of course, but it also loves watching him building a custom rifle in his shop...
December 28, 2010
For all of its precise direction and beautiful imagery, it's a classic genre picture, and a damn good one at that...
December 2, 2010
While it feels like nothing much is happening, there's a lot going on under the surface, and a real sense of growing suspense.
November 30, 2010
There's a lot to value, even if it drinks a little too deeply from the well of stock Euro-assassin-movie characters and situations.
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