The American Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
December 6, 2010
Listless Euro-ennui pastiche
November 30, 2010
Sparse, tense, beautiful... and strangely empty. The dialogue, plot and characterisation are nowhere near as deep or profound as the filmmakers seem to think they are.
November 29, 2010
The story is startlingly clichéd yet told in a pretentious and ponderous art-house style that suggests the filmmakers thought they were making something meaningful.
November 29, 2010
You've heard of action movies. The American is an inaction movie...
November 29, 2010
The American ditches both action and thrills for moody introspection and glacial pacing, rounded off with pretentious existential posturing.
November 29, 2010
One of the most annoying things about the film is its smugness.
November 29, 2010
Corbijn does inert tableaux icy with enigma. Aerial shots of ribbony roads; overlapping facial close-ups Bergmanesque with portent.
November 29, 2010
The American is not a film which explains everything. That's half the beauty of it.
November 10, 2010
When you slow the pace of a thriller down to a slow crawl you'd better make sure all the air bubbles of implausibility have been squeezed out of your story, otherwise the audience is going to have too much time to pick at all the holes in the plot.
November 10, 2010
The 'lonely assassin who falls in love' is too familiar a story to be interesting in its own right, and somewhere along the line Corbijn, Clooney, and writer Rowan Joffe forgot to imbue Jack with enough of intensity and conflict to keep the story flowing.
November 10, 2010
It deserves credit for its style but the holes in the screenplay were too hard for me to ignore.
October 25, 2010
A beguiling but only partly satisfying achievement for the "less is more" art house crowd.
October 9, 2010
Corbijn extracts from Rowan Joffe’s screenplay a pensive mood of impending dread, but it can be a bit aggravating waiting for the hammer to fall.
September 24, 2010
Those expecting 'The American' to be an 'action' thriller may be in for a disappointment.
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