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Amistad

Rated R for some scenes of strong brutal violence and some related nudity.

R In Theaters 12/10/1997 , 152min.
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80%
Viewer score based on 7 ratings
63%
Critic score based on 23 reviews

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Entertainment Weekly
Becomes a too-stately courtroom drama, with the Africans in the dock, the issue of slavery on trial at didactic length, and the top-billed Morgan Freeman as an abolitionist shunted to the sidelines with too little to do. [26 Jun 1998, p. 130] Full Review
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
A little like looking at pictures without a text to unify them… Prestige filmmaking bereft of inspiration -- sometimes even of the nuts and bolts of craft. Full Review
David Edelstein
Slate
After an electrifyingly feral opening, the movie settles down into a cogent courtroom drama, with no real cinematic highs but no jaw-dropping lows, either. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Although the movie is moving and even funny in many places, it's also overextended. And composer John Williams's syrupy score practically oozes from your ears on the drive home. Full Review
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
Spielberg uses a more conventional format than he did in the stripped-down black-and-white "Schindler's List,'' and delivers a film that veers between stoic political correctness and mushy pop-Hollywood platitudes. Full Review

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