Amigo (2011)

Amigo, from writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 19, 2011
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

A reflection on power and betrayal, on the thin line between acting as your conscience demands and protecting obligations close to your heart.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

You could argue that the chief villain of the ambiguously titled "Amigo" is language, which is used quite deliberately to mock and mislead and betray.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Offers a valuable history lesson.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Sayles is always an interesting storyteller, and if "Amigo" isn't typical of his subtler methods, it's still a compelling look at history and its continuing influence.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

By choosing Rafael as its hero, "Amigo" looks not only at a little-known part of American history, but at a rarely examined type of movie character.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Naysayers might argue that the film's anti-war message is so obvious it doesn't bear repeating; but if that's the case, why do we tolerate so many unnecessary wars?

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

"Amigo" might be the talkiest war movie ever made.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

An engrossing, perceptive, supremely humane drama about imperialism and loyalty.

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Mike Scott

A nuance-free, emotionally stunted historical drama.

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Walter M.
"Amigo" starts out on an ordinary day in the baryo of San Ysidro in the Philippines in 1900 before the silence is broken by the American army invading… More
Stephen Earnest
"Amigo" is a small, interesting little low-budget film that benefits from beautiful photography and Sayles' well-paced direction. For its two… More