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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, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At its best, the film's silence and unrevealing mood of observation remind you of 'The Passenger' or Paulo Sorrentino's 'Consequences of Love'..."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
"Outstanding cinematography and score and excellent acting make for a remarkable movie. The American is a must-see."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"The filmmakers seem to have forgotten that it takes more than a brooding assassin to engage the audience for the full runtime of the film. Moreover, if that character isn't involved in an interesting narrative, they'll have even less reason to care."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"An arty Euro thriller that favours style over excitement and character over plot."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"This movie is so serious about its pretensions that none of it makes any sense."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"If you're expecting a star-propelled thriller with the usual bob, weave and one-two punch, this isn't your ticket."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"That the film through these slow, poetic paces remains engrossing, engaging, and ultimately oddly affecting is a testament to Clooney's terrific performance."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It may not be the fast-paced assassin thriller you might expect, but it benefits more from that than anything else."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"suggests that we've lost everything but our desire to be better--and in the end, it lets us decide whether that's good enough."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"While cinema-lovers can cheer a director willing to buck the fashion for sensory overload, The American can't rightly be called a success."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"George Clooney delivers a strong but subdued performance in this slow-paced character study."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"When the story is threadbare and the picture lacks dynamism, all that's left is the character study but Corbijn's technique frustrates any attempt to truly get under Jack's skin. Consequently The American is often as non-descript as its title."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"If you want to see a carefully paced, well-designed and beautifully shot suspense-thriller that hits all of its marks, then you could do far worse than The American."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
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