90

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Anton Corbijn's The American looks and feels like a movie made by a filmmaker who hasn't been to the movies since the '70s - and I mean that as the highest compliment.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The American, a movie as coiled as a snake and as still as a sleepy villa, is the rare grownup thriller that knows the link between peace and danger and the tension that comes from both.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Heavyhearted without being heavy-handed, Corbijn's lyrical movie is about a man who has built his own cell and become his own jailer.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
It does for hit men what "Up in the Air" did for frequent-flying corporate terminators, minus the comic tang.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Clooney has excelled in serious roles - notably in "Michael Clayton" and "Syriana." But his Jack, a brooding assassin seeking redemption, is a bigger departure, and he pulls it off well.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
With its retro pacing, its pretentious lapses and its narrow emotional range, this elegantly crafted existential thriller risks alienating its audience; at times it feels like a test for attention deficit disorder.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a tale so used, abused and broken you can hear it wheezing.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The film is overripe with erotic symbols.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Nothing really adds up, and the ending is downright absurd. You would like even the most austere, doctrinaire existential movie to earn its downbeat ending. This one fails utterly to do so.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The role requires Clooney to dial down his charm to nearly zero, and frankly, he looks twitchy and uncomfortable without it.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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