The Quiet American Synopsis
A veteran English journalist and a young man vie for the affection of a Vietnamese woman.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
An instant classic and a dramatic beauty, a film that gets us to the core of Greene's chilly, dark and romantic view of the post-war world.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is a film with a political point of view, but often its characters lose sight of that, in their fascination with each other and with the...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Noyce's movie works because the director -- trusts himself, and his audience, to understand that catastrophe isn't always a matter of loud...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ever since the movie made a brief appearance late last year to qualify for Oscar consideration, Mr. Caine's performance has been hailed as...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The key to why the new ''American'' is so good and so true, though, is Brendan Fraser as the title character.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A film full of a sense of impending danger, betrayal, seduction and destruction. Quite simply, it's great stuff.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A smart and literate effort with a few weaknesses.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Caine has never been better, which is saying something. He puts a human face on a tragic era of history in a film that ranks with the...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is intelligent grown-up entertainment on both a political and a humanistic level.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie adds nothing to the political dialogue, and the love story is mood-killingly sad. The lure of the exotic can be deceptive, it...
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