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: October 12, 2012
DVD 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.

Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

The cast helps to keep things moving -- particularly the hilarious interplay between Arkin and Goodman. And is it me, or should Bryan Cranston be in every film released?

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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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Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups

Truth is stranger than fiction, it's a fact; but when truth and fiction morph into each other, the strangeness factor increases exponentially. That's what happens in Ben Affleck's ingenious take on the real-life CIA (Iran hostage) mission.

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Leah Rozen

Let's just say that the movie's final section is so nail-bitingly tense, thanks to a skillful combination of acting, writing and crosscutting, that it puts Affleck in the big leagues as a director.

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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.

J. Olson

It's so sleek and well-made that you'll wish you could park it in your driveway and show it off to your neighbors.

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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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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly

If the aim is to draw a parallel between the artifice of Hollywood and the spy trade, Argo never quite comes together, but it is a well-executed thriller that tells a true story in entertaining fashion.

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All this kicked off when I was but a mere sprog at the tender age of 1 year old, that's a long time ago folks. So Affleck steps up to the podium with an… More
Kevin M. Williams
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
Carlos Magalhães
Ben Affleck proves again that he is a very talented director, nailing it with this gripping and gut-wrenching thriller that blends a lot of tension and humor… More
Stuart Brooks
Its alright but not worth all the praise it got. Slow burner with very little pay off.
Flutie Archibald
Solid, for the most part, but seems to morph into a whole different movie in the middle. It's goofier in the Hollywood scenes, bookended by an intense… More
Wildaly M
Suspenseful and well-acted.