• Released
  • October 12, 2012
  • R , 2 hr 0 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 11,408 Fan Ratings
100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The results are nothing less than sensational.
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100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Argo is movie magic. Ben Affleck's third directorial outing, is an entertaining, real-life, race-the-clock thriller that nabs you at the start and never makes a wrong move.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The main source of astonishment is the precision exhibited everywhere, from the slyly vintage look of Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography to the gradual, cinching tension in Chris Terrio's careful screenplay.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A superbly crafted and darkly funny real-life political thriller, with pitch-perfect performances.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Argo is never less than wildly entertaining, but a major part of its power is that it so ominously captures the kickoff to the world we're in now.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Argo is a crackerjack political thriller told with intelligence, great period detail and a surprising amount of nutty humor for a serious look at the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Argo's white-knuckle nail-biter of a climax takes liberties with how events played out in real life. But while Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio have opted to go Hollywood, it's high-class Hollywood, not the low-rent and exploitative route that the make-believe movie at the heart of this tale would have taken.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Just so we're straight, Ben Affleck doesn't merely direct Argo, he directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor, the nerve-frying suspense.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Argo is absurdly suspenseful for both of its hours. I've never been this stressed-out watching people shred documents.
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75

Movieline

The primary weakness of Affleck's film is the actor himself, who can't seem to find much in "exfiltration" specialist Tony aside from a dedication to his work and sorrow over the potential breakup of his family.
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86 out of 100
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