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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Amigo is combustible filmmaking, something that stays with you long after the final credits. In an entertainment universe of escapism and short attention spans, Amigo is a rousing antidote and a cause for celebration. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    In Amigo, a story of the Philippine-American War, veteran filmmaker John Sayles allows his political convictions to get the better of him. The movie is a heavy-handed attack on U.S. imperialism with little to compensate in the way of character interest and genuine drama. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Cooper, Torre and Dane DeHaan, as a soldier smitten with a local girl, stand out among a strong cast. With its big ideas on an intimate scale, this is Sayles' best in a decade. show more

  • 70
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    It's an impressive movie, but the indie filmmaker has little to add to the debate beyond the eternal truth that the innocent always suffer most. show more

  • 55
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    The result is the double shrift of a thinly sketched background and a story that has trouble standing up on its own. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Amigo is not as tightly crafted as "Lone Star." It's a messier work whose dialogue is at times a tad too purple, its political allusions a little too obvious, and it has a one-note character that is uncharacteristic of its creator. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The overlong Amigo has its heart in the right place, but its approach to complex issues is too simplistic to win over unconverted minds. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    Amigo finds John Sayles rather closer to his worst, alternating gracelessly between fleshing out the characters caught in the middle of international conflict and turning them into dots and arrows in a flowchart of historical relevance. show more

  • 50
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Normally a reliable screenwriter, Sayles probably gives his audience too much credit with regard to its knowledge of what is one of the lesser-known chapters in America's military history. As a result, even with its modern parallels, Amigo makes for dense, slow-going viewing. show more

  • 38
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    The argument in Amigo is so heavy-handed - and its execution so crude - that by the time the movie winds its way to a predictable but uninvolving conclusion, nobody will be listening anymore. show more

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