The American
The American (2010)

Story: Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller. As an assassin, Jack is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 28, 2010
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
66%
Flixster
User Score
38%



Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As beautifully shot as it is emotionally restrained, The American is an unusually divisive spy thriller -- and one that rests on an unusually subdued performance from George Clooney.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

At its best, the film's silence and unrevealing mood of observation remind you of 'The Passenger' or Paulo Sorrentino's 'Consequences of Love'...

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

While cinema-lovers can cheer a director willing to buck the fashion for sensory overload, The American can't rightly be called a success.

Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

A lush canvas of verdant riverbanks and dim, foreboding streets at night. The anxious stillness gets under your skin.

Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

This movie is so serious about its pretensions that none of it makes any sense.

Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies

The good news, though, is that eventually The American does get to where it wants to be, and becomes a rather improbably but genuinely moving story.

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Outstanding cinematography and score and excellent acting make for a remarkable movie. The American is a must-see.

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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

A textbook thriller...The excitement of the movie comes from its technical polish.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

If you're expecting a star-propelled thriller with the usual bob, weave and one-two punch, this isn't your ticket.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

That the film through these slow, poetic paces remains engrossing, engaging, and ultimately oddly affecting is a testament to Clooney's terrific performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Corbijn focuses on slowly building a suffocating tension in this quiet, contemplative and technically astonishing drama that grabbed me from the first scene… More
Daniel Perry
Going in, I had heard this was a boring film; on the contrary, it's an understated and authentic story (with a cliche ending, but what can you do?) about… More
danny d
the more ive thought about this film, the more ive fallen in love with it. the american is a very non american film. in fact, if you dont have a lot of… More
Jack Hawkins
A tightly wound, perhaps overly aesthetic film that keeps one firmly in its grasp for the entire duration. 'The American' is a character study of a… More
xGary Xx
A weapon smith specializing in custom rifles for assassination purposes falls for a beautiful Italian prostitute despite his extreme trust issues. The American… More
Scott Green
The movie runs slowly and in the end doesnt male sense im afraid.