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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 the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration"… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Entertaining and suspenseful in old-fashioned ways."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"For 100 minutes, 'Argo' is close to flawless."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"While the plot of Argo sounds too unbelievable to be true, this fact-based story ends up as both compelling and as exciting as any adventure James Bond ever had."
‑ Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee
"The film hits most of its comic notes on the backs of two Hollywood old-timers played by Alan Arkin and John Goodman, who clearly relish the opportunity to lampoon people they work with every day."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"A superior effort in which Affleck seldom fails to maintain suspense."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"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."
‑ Tom Charity,
"'Argo' is one of the best movies of the year."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"By not pandering sentimentality, Affleck has managed a task that, like its subject, seems impossible: He's taken what others would have turned into farce and emerged with one of the year's best pictures."
‑ AP Kryza, Willamette Week
"This is mature, invigorating stuff, alternately tense, funny, stirring and ultimately very satisfying."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"The film, for all its ample smarts and solid academic craft, is just a great time at the movies."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"With Affleck's continued growth as a director, it makes you want to see what he will deliver next."
‑ Robert Philpot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"Argo has that solid, kick-the-tires feel of those studio films from the 70s that were about something but also entertained. Only it's as laugh outright amusing as it is sobering."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Ben Affleck's wildly entertaining thriller Argo is further proof of the old Hollywood adage that fiction is stranger than truth after all."
‑ Jay Stone,
"This is premium, breathless entertainment."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"... a terrific piece of filmmaking."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
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