The American Synopsis
An assassin (George Clooney) hides out in a picturesque Italian town after an assignment ends badly.
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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,...
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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...
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Rolling Stone

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

By Wesley Morris
The film is overripe with erotic symbols.
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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...
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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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By Magnolia Fan
Can anyone say Solaris in Italy? I think all the excitement was in the trailer. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a thoughtful movie as much as the next guy, but this movie just seamed so pointless....

A Great American Throwback To The Days Of Old.

By JDB728
I've seen many negative and positive reviews. Both are correct for the most part. This movie is slow and steady, has a predictable, and slightly depressing ending. While these are all true, and...

Good Advice:

By Daviad
Save your money. Spend 2 hours watching the grass grow instead....

George Clooney stole my money...

By mcfindley
It's been a long, long time since I wanted to walk out of a movie theater, but out of respect for those around me, I remained in my seat. It wasn't until the end of the movie that I realized I was...

Worst Movie of 2010

By andy43
Folks just saw "The American" tonight and it is so bad Clooney should be ashamed to show his face. This movie has no plot at all and at the end you still don't know what the charaters have to do with...

Pretty Big Blunder

By moviesfan2010
Half the movie I've been waiting for the movie to actually START ... Need I say more? I could actually hear Clooney's nails growing, it was THAT slow, boring, and pathetic. Waste of money and more...

Excellent Film

By charmaine.gilbreath
This is a film that requires your attention while you are watching it. It is not an action film in the conventional sense. I really appreciated that the score was implemented as an accent rather...

So disappointed

By cjennylee
While the story line was marginal, the amount of nudity in The American was way over the top. This movie was over rated in the box office and under rated when considered an R. What happened to...

This American should be exiled to Yuka mountain

By jtseesitright
The acting is simply about constant close ups of Clooney's face moving from stoic to stressed to stoic and definitely not sexy. The story line has more gaps than the Clooney has admirers although he...

Five Word Review

By lebarberi
boring slow dull Tedious zzzzzzz...

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Rated R | For Violence, nudity and sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Taut, mature drama examines the life of a lone assassin.
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