80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Cooper, Torre and Dane DeHaan, as a soldier smitten with a local girl, stand out among a strong cast. With its big ideas on an intimate scale, this is Sayles' best in a decade.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Amigo is combustible filmmaking, something that stays with you long after the final credits. In an entertainment universe of escapism and short attention spans, Amigo is a rousing antidote and a cause for celebration.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Amigo is not as tightly crafted as "Lone Star." It's a messier work whose dialogue is at times a tad too purple, its political allusions a little too obvious, and it has a one-note character that is uncharacteristic of its creator.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
It's an impressive movie, but the indie filmmaker has little to add to the debate beyond the eternal truth that the innocent always suffer most.
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55

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
The result is the double shrift of a thinly sketched background and a story that has trouble standing up on its own.
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50

Slant Magazine

Amigo finds John Sayles rather closer to his worst, alternating gracelessly between fleshing out the characters caught in the middle of international conflict and turning them into dots and arrows in a flowchart of historical relevance.
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50

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Normally a reliable screenwriter, Sayles probably gives his audience too much credit with regard to its knowledge of what is one of the lesser-known chapters in America's military history. As a result, even with its modern parallels, Amigo makes for dense, slow-going viewing.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
In Amigo, a story of the Philippine-American War, veteran filmmaker John Sayles allows his political convictions to get the better of him. The movie is a heavy-handed attack on U.S. imperialism with little to compensate in the way of character interest and genuine drama.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The overlong Amigo has its heart in the right place, but its approach to complex issues is too simplistic to win over unconverted minds.
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38

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
The argument in Amigo is so heavy-handed - and its execution so crude - that by the time the movie winds its way to a predictable but uninvolving conclusion, nobody will be listening anymore.
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63 out of 100
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