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Based on 36 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 270 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's a tale so used, abused and broken you can hear it wheezing. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    It does for hit men what "Up in the Air" did for frequent-flying corporate terminators, minus the comic tang. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Clooney has excelled in serious roles - notably in "Michael Clayton" and "Syriana." But his Jack, a brooding assassin seeking redemption, is a bigger departure, and he pulls it off well. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    With its retro pacing, its pretentious lapses and its narrow emotional range, this elegantly crafted existential thriller risks alienating its audience; at times it feels like a test for attention deficit disorder. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Heavyhearted without being heavy-handed, Corbijn's lyrical movie is about a man who has built his own cell and become his own jailer. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The American, a movie as coiled as a snake and as still as a sleepy villa, is the rare grownup thriller that knows the link between peace and danger and the tension that comes from both. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Nothing really adds up, and the ending is downright absurd. You would like even the most austere, doctrinaire existential movie to earn its downbeat ending. This one fails utterly to do so. show more

  • 90
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Anton Corbijn's The American looks and feels like a movie made by a filmmaker who hasn't been to the movies since the '70s - and I mean that as the highest compliment. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is a gripping film with the focus of a Japanese drama, an impenetrable character to equal Alain Delon's in "Le Samourai," by Jean-Pierre Melville. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Corbijn makes the familiar strange, focusing on details other filmmakers would gloss over. show more

  • September 10, 2011 gloriagwl
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    Very few redeeming qualities.

  • September 04, 2011 JOHN, JOS,& JOSH
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    Worst movie ever. Dont waste your money.

  • August 16, 2011 benelli777
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    The worst movie that I had ever had to sit through... shocked at how bad this was!! What was Clooney thinking? Guess the sex scenes drew him to the part!

  • May 16, 2011 icybrez
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    Dumbest stupidest movie I ever in all my life saw. My love for George has died.

  • March 03, 2011 am0246
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    Too hard to figure out the reason for the assignations.

  • February 17, 2011 Kberard88
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  • February 12, 2011 scruplesdec
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    This is by far one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I tried to get my money back!

  • February 06, 2011 bzybeedeedee
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    This movie was a waste of money! George Clooney can do so much better.

  • February 02, 2011 MINDY!
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    This movie was quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen. I was bored 5 min into it...I only finished the movie because I was hoping it would get better. The fact that there is no music through the first half of the Movie really bothered me. Major disappointment...and I am a huge Clooney fan...he looks scrawny and sickly in this film... don't do it..waste of time and money.

  • February 01, 2011 runner10520
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    Great action pack movie, good plot, great story line.


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