The American Reviews

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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.
September 2, 2010
Clooney ... shucks off his movie-star charm and lets us see something quite different: an unsmiling man with a set jaw, an unblinking stillness and an air of quiet mystery.
September 2, 2010
[It] has a cold, compelling focus. And -- like its hero -- when it does finally pull the trigger, it soundly hits the bull's eye.
September 2, 2010
Still, The American is remote to a fault. Like Jack (George Clooney), it seems in danger of turning to stone.
September 2, 2010
George Clooney produced and stars in this international spy thriller, which he probably thought of as existential but which registers onscreen as a giant bore.
September 2, 2010
At some point in their careers, most male actors want to play (a) Hamlet, and (b) a hit man. I hope that Clooney has gotten "b" out of his system.
September 1, 2010
Anton Corbijn made a Western, and he damn sure wants you to know it.
September 1, 2010
If you're willing to let go of your Hollywood-bred expectations for a movie of this type, The American is a great pleasure to watch, an astringent antidote to the loud, frantic action movies that have been clogging our veins all summer.
September 1, 2010
Takes itself very seriously, even though the story is filled with the same Bond-acious vixens and prostitutes with hearts of gold as any clichéd spy film.
September 1, 2010
You may find yourself momentarily spellbound by Anton Corbijn's gorgeous film, but ultimately unfulfilled.
September 1, 2010
I enjoyed this picture quite a bit. The mood is spot-on right from the start and I found myself very intrigued by Jack, curious to discover his methods and interested in knowing if he would be able to escape his past.
September 1, 2010
It's difficult not to want Corbijn's mournful seriousness to ease up a bit. But The American is nevertheless transfixing in its weary, muted grace.
September 1, 2010
The American's muted pleasures rest heavily on the sustained air of mystery around Clooney, and Corbijn, a pristine stylist, keeps the atmosphere nice and thick.
September 1, 2010
Clooney may not have a hit this time, but he continues to apply considerable intelligence to his work as an actor, still trying to deliver something fresh and interesting for his fans.
September 1, 2010
What redeems the movie, and then some, is the soulful weariness of Clooney's performance.
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