Amistad Synopsis
U.S. lawyers defend Africans who revolted against their Spanish captors aboard a slave ship in 1839.
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Empire

Spielberg has mounted a courtroom drama to rival the finest Grisham, with a coruscating civil rights debate resonating both within the film...
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88

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Sheer power, moral and otherwise. It possesses a massively majestic hero. [10 Dec 1997, p.D1]
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Thematically rich, impeccably crafted, and intellectually stimulating, the only area where this movie falls a little short is in its...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

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Becomes a too-stately courtroom drama, with the Africans in the dock, the issue of slavery on trial at didactic length, and the top-billed...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What is most valuable about Amistad is the way it provides faces and names for its African characters, whom the movies so often make into...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Despite the Spielberg trademarks, a lavish attention to period detail and the occasional flash of visual potency, this is a picture you...
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Scenes go on and on in endless, witless dialogue, ever accompanied by John Williams' hideously gushing music.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Consistently earnest and well-intentioned but only occasionally moving, despite the efforts of a generally top-notch cast.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Steven Spielberg's historical drama is more stilted and didactic than its fascinating subject deserves, gathering great emotional force...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Spielberg uses a more conventional format than he did in the stripped-down black-and-white "Schindler's List,'' and delivers a film that...
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Amistad

By janlallen
...I don't know how many of you have seen this wonderful movie "Amistad!" Have you seen it? It's a great movie, about the African slaves that were basically towed into New Haven harbor and eventually...

History As Drama

By stanleyeknox393
The movie Amistad based on actual or nearly actual events personalizes the African deaspera as no other film has!...

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Rated R | For Controversial Subject Matter
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Powerful story for mid-teens and up.
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