Assassination Tango
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
John J. is deeply devoted to his girlfriend, Maggie, and to her young daughter, Jenny. He is also passionate about dancing, a talent he hones at local Brooklyn dance halls. But his skill on the dance floor seems incongruous with his profession--John is a hit man, and a very good one. Hired to assassinate an Argentine general in Buenos Aires, John is met in Argentina by Miguel, who takes him to the home of a couple whose son the general had killed. But John isn't interested in pathos or politics. As he says, "There's two sides to every story." He just wants to do his job, do… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Assassination Tango runs aground with an accumulation of small illogicalities."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"What we care about in Assassination Tango is the tango, not the assassination."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"He's an old assassin, she's a young local dancing hottie, and they mix dance, lust and guns."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"It's slow, but it's also sure-footed. Duvall takes it at his own damn pace, and his grouchy old man of a contract killer is a well-rounded and wholly believable personage."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
"Turgid and self-indulgent...haphazardly constructed and featuring dialogue that sounds poorly improvised--as well as a central character who's less a human being than a collection of cliches."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It's a curious and unsatisfying lark, in which Robert Duvall the actor is rendered speechless by Robert Duvall the writer and sideswiped by Robert Duvall the director."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"While the assassination plot is interesting, the rest of Tango is dramatically flaccid."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"It is a form of condescension that Duvall could only perpetrate while being blinded by true love."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"More a song about living and dying well than a picture that makes much sense in the traditional definition."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Are there 72 year-old hit men?"
‑ Victoria Alexander, Movie Reviews in Croatian
"A film that uses tango as a metaphor for life ought to generate some fire. But Assassination Tango offers little heat."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"An ode to love and art while simultaneously a reminder of human frailty."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"O ritmo é lento, falta foco à narração e o ato final é confuso. Por sorte, este não é um filme sobre "tramas", mas sobre personagens - e é aí que merece elogios."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"I loved this film for what it didn't try to do."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
" would be a mistake to dismiss Duvall's career behind the camera as a rich character actor's hobby."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
More reviews for Assassination Tango on Rotten Tomatoes