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.

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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Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee

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.

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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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AP Kryza
Willamette Week

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.

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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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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Jay Stone

Ben Affleck's wildly entertaining thriller Argo is further proof of the old Hollywood adage that fiction is stranger than truth after all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
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
Stuart Brooks
Its alright but not worth all the praise it got. Slow burner with very little pay off.
Letitia Lew
Enjoyable, watched it with Hendy in theatres. Generally fun and suspenseful but there were some slow moments. Good but a little overrated. Ben Affleck was… More
Wildaly M
Suspenseful and well-acted.
Thomas Bowler
Great writing, perfect casting and incredible performances. Full review later.