Argo (2012)

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 19, 2013
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.

Leah Rozen

Let's just say that the movie's final section is so nail-bitingly tense, thanks to a skillful combination of acting, writing and crosscutting, that it puts Affleck in the big leagues as a director.

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Robert Philpot
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

With Affleck's continued growth as a director, it makes you want to see what he will deliver next.

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Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine

Affleck is still building up his chops as a director, but the intelligence and ambition he brings to filmmaking are particularly apparent in Argo.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

Entertaining and suspenseful in old-fashioned ways.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

For 100 minutes, 'Argo' is close to flawless.

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Anthony Quinn

The old saw "truth is stranger than fiction" has had its teeth properly sharpened in the superb thriller Argo, a blend of political history and Hollywood hijinks that goes right for the jugular.

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Tom Charity

Affleck himself turns in a quietly impressive movie star performance. Tony Mendez is a kind of anti-Bourne, comfortable with his anonymity, living off his wits, not his fists.

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Richard Roeper

'Argo' is one of the best movies of the year.

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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

How do you mix a sweaty thriller with Wag the Dog-like chicanery and one-liners? He pulls it off, in part because the backdrops and costumes are so authentic and the performances so straightforward. It is also his technique.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Ben Affleck proves again that he is a very talented director, nailing it with this gripping and gut-wrenching thriller that blends a lot of tension and humor… More
Stuart Brooks
Its alright but not worth all the praise it got. Slow burner with very little pay off.
Flutie Archibald
Solid, for the most part, but seems to morph into a whole different movie in the middle. It's goofier in the Hollywood scenes, bookended by an intense… More
Wildaly M
Suspenseful and well-acted.
Kevin M. Williams
It's a simple movie, a film about a ride to the airport really. But Affleck makes no mistakes ... not a one in this telling of a true international event,… More
Michael S
"Argo" plays loose with with the facts, but that's ok. As a piece of historical-based fiction, it's bested by few other. Ben Affleck keeps… More