The American
The American (2010)

Story: Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller. As an assassin, Jack is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 28, 2010
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Critic Score
66%
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User Score
38%



Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As beautifully shot as it is emotionally restrained, The American is an unusually divisive spy thriller -- and one that rests on an unusually subdued performance from George Clooney.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

At its best, the film's silence and unrevealing mood of observation remind you of 'The Passenger' or Paulo Sorrentino's 'Consequences of Love'...

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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies

The good news, though, is that eventually The American does get to where it wants to be, and becomes a rather improbably but genuinely moving story.

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Outstanding cinematography and score and excellent acting make for a remarkable movie. The American is a must-see.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

This movie is so serious about its pretensions that none of it makes any sense.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

If you're expecting a star-propelled thriller with the usual bob, weave and one-two punch, this isn't your ticket.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

That the film through these slow, poetic paces remains engrossing, engaging, and ultimately oddly affecting is a testament to Clooney's terrific performance.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

While cinema-lovers can cheer a director willing to buck the fashion for sensory overload, The American can't rightly be called a success.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

George Clooney delivers a strong but subdued performance in this slow-paced character study.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
the more ive thought about this film, the more ive fallen in love with it. the american is a very non american film. in fact, if you dont have a lot of… More
Jack Hawkins
A tightly wound, perhaps overly aesthetic film that keeps one firmly in its grasp for the entire duration. 'The American' is a character study of a… More
xGary Xx
A weapon smith specializing in custom rifles for assassination purposes falls for a beautiful Italian prostitute despite his extreme trust issues. The American… More
Scott Green
The movie runs slowly and in the end doesnt male sense im afraid.
Daniel Perry
Going in, I had heard this was a boring film; on the contrary, it's an understated and authentic story (with a cliche ending, but what can you do?) about… More
Albert Kim
A cinematic marvel. There are some picture-perfect, gorgeous shots but the movie suffers because its plot is cliche' and makes no effort to deviate to make… More

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