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Amigo, from writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. But Rafael's brother (Ronnie Lazaro) is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

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"A reflection on power and betrayal, on the thin line between acting as your conscience demands and protecting obligations close to your heart."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"You could argue that the chief villain of the ambiguously titled "Amigo" is language, which is used quite deliberately to mock and mislead and betray."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Offers a valuable history lesson."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Movies this intelligent and aware of so many different points of view should be celebrated, so kudos to Sayles for pulling it off, time and again, in his multi-decade career."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Sayles narrowly avoids the preachy direction in which Amigo pulls, largely because he isn't interested in making anyone into a punching bag."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Sayles is always an interesting storyteller, and if "Amigo" isn't typical of his subtler methods, it's still a compelling look at history and its continuing influence."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"By choosing Rafael as its hero, "Amigo" looks not only at a little-known part of American history, but at a rarely examined type of movie character."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Naysayers might argue that the film's anti-war message is so obvious it doesn't bear repeating; but if that's the case, why do we tolerate so many unnecessary wars?"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"When John Sayles wants to tell a story, he makes fine movies such as "Lone Star" and "The Secret of Roan Inish." When Sayles wants to prove a point, he makes dreck like "Amigo.""
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Neither character-narrative engaging nor educationally enlightening, the film adds up to a fail."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
""Amigo" might be the talkiest war movie ever made."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"An engrossing, perceptive, supremely humane drama about imperialism and loyalty."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A nuance-free, emotionally stunted historical drama."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Amigo is quiet and slow, a war drama in which the war has mostly passed the main characters by."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"There's no real sense of the atmosphere of a sticky, buggy, fetid jungle, and no intensity to a story that cries out for a sense of moral outrage."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
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