The American Reviews

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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
It purrs evenly, like the engine of a luxury automobile, with a cool, sleek satisfaction at how stylish it is. That said, it is pretty stylish...
November 29, 2010
As with watching the equally compact, detached Cary Grant, it's a great pleasure just to see the stone-faced Clooney going about his work exuding mystery and inner torment...
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'...
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
Haunting and insistent, The American is one of the best films of the year.
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.
October 20, 2010
Excuisitely shot, with every frame impeccably composed, The American is essentially a European art-house film.
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.
September 2, 2010
The dread in the film is so quickly forgotten. What remains is an urge to fly to Italy, rent an apartment in a medieval city and invent your own adventure.
September 2, 2010
Anyone who understands what The American offers should come away pleased with the final product.
September 2, 2010
Mr. Clooney's performance as Jack -- a last name would have made him less existential -- keeps you attentive, and the drama's seriousness finally earns your respect.
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