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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 50
    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. show more

  • 88
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Sheer power, moral and otherwise. It possesses a massively majestic hero. [10 Dec 1997, p.D1] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Thematically rich, impeccably crafted, and intellectually stimulating, the only area where this movie falls a little short is in its emotional impact. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What is most valuable about Amistad is the way it provides faces and names for its African characters, whom the movies so often make into faceless victims. show more

  • 63
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Scenes go on and on in endless, witless dialogue, ever accompanied by John Williams' hideously gushing music. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Despite the Spielberg trademarks, a lavish attention to period detail and the occasional flash of visual potency, this is a picture you never get caught up in. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Steven Spielberg's historical drama is more stilted and didactic than its fascinating subject deserves, gathering great emotional force only in a harrowing scene depicting the Holocaust-like suffering of slave-ship captives. show more

  • 100

    Spielberg has mounted a courtroom drama to rival the finest Grisham, with a coruscating civil rights debate resonating both within the film and into the present as the audience knows it. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Consistently earnest and well-intentioned but only occasionally moving, despite the efforts of a generally top-notch cast. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    Of the underutilized mega cast, Djmon Honsou shines the brightest. His portrayal of Cinque, the leader of the displaced band of African tribesmen, is devastatingly potent. show more

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