Argo Synopsis
A CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The results are nothing less than sensational.
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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...
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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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A superbly crafted and darkly funny real-life political thriller, with pitch-perfect performances.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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By Darkola
This movie is a true story based on the 1979 hostage situation in Iran, where 6 hostiges managed to escape the embassy itself. The story itself deals with the 6 as they stay hidden in Iran, and the...


By jan_s25
Many of us remember the sketchy snippets provided by our television news journalists - as we waited and watched, for tales of the six, but more for word of the remaining hostages. This, as I recall,...

am icy reminder

By ron_miami 2009
most of us had an idea on what went on during the hostage taking aftyer the fall of the Shah of Persia; however this movie, crowning Affleck's career, shows us a different aspect of that horrible...


By peter5992
Saw the movie this afternoon, with no real expectations of what I was getting into, and it is absolutely exceptional - you're glued to the seat right from the very first minute. Really one of the...


By kcvino
Moved along quickly. Had a balance of humor and suspense. Loved it - especially since it was based on a true story. Don't leave after the credits - stay and see the real people who lived this...

Sucks you in and keeps you there

By Mike Muilenburg
It's a good thing I ate the box of candy BEFORE the movie started; the box was destroyed by the end. I recall the incident clearly. I was 5 yrs removed from college, and even then, had developed an...

Entertaining But Historically Revisionist & Pointedly Omits Full Disclosure.

By Alon Patterson
It's hard not to read something sinister into everything that appears politically biased today. So, in the spirit of fairness, I'll stand in the middle and not judge the motives of these producers...

Absolutely Amazing

By MedRed
This movie is timely, well acted, well written, well shot, and just.. well brilliant! Way to go Mr.Affleck. I didn't know you had it in you....

Afleck does another great job.

By Nacho Baggo
Well thought out and detailed, this is another great job by Ben. He loves to pile tension upon tension upon tension. He takes advantage of every opportunity to make you sweat and it works. A well...

Argo is a must see...

By maddscot976
Who knew... two in a row for Affleck! Great story, obvious a lot went into making this film from the wardrobe, filming style, and makeup. John Goodman and Alan Arkin were perfect as Hollywood's...

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Rated R | For Language and some violent images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Taut political thriller based on real-life escape from Iran.
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