The American (2010)
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Academy Award® winner George Clooney is The American in this sexy suspense thriller from director Anton Corbijn. After a job ends more violently than expected, Jack (Clooney) retreats to the Italian countryside and accepts one last assignment to construct a deadly weapon for a mysterious contact. But when he pursues a relationship with a beautiful local woman, he may be tempting fate by stepping out of the shadows. Jack soon finds himself in an escalating battle to escape from his secretive past, in the film critics are calling “4 Stars! Riveting and irresistible!” (Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News)
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 211
- Fresh: 139
- Rotten: 72
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: While cinema-lovers can cheer a director willing to buck the fashion for sensory overload, The American can't rightly be called a success.
Fresh: As with watching the equally compact, detached Cary Grant, it's a great pleasure just to see the stone-faced Clooney going about his work exuding mystery and inner torment...
Fresh: It purrs evenly, like the engine of a luxury automobile, with a cool, sleek satisfaction at how stylish it is. That said, it is pretty stylish...
Fresh: At its best, the film's silence and unrevealing mood of observation remind you of 'The Passenger' or Paulo Sorrentino's 'Consequences of Love'...
One of the most boring movies that I've ever seen in my life. Horrible!
Its Not An Action Movie
I dont know who decided to sell this movie as an action flick in the trailer but they were idiots by doing so. It's not an action flick, view it as such and you'll enjoy it a great deal. This is a slow simmering character piece with some hints of action. If you're looking for a mindless shoot 'em up, this is not it... if you enjoy a movie which takes some brian power, you'll love it.
Subtle and beautiful
Im so very sorry to see so many low ratings for such a fantastic film. I'm sure this is due to people just wanting more of the same garbage that is already out there and being disappointed by something they almost certainly found to be boring and empty. However this film is incredibly sophisticated, subtle, methodical, and intense. This is not a fast paced action film. This is a meticulously crafted work of art by one incredibly talented filmmaker. A character study where the viewer must be on his toes to pick up the paranoia that the protagonist is experiencing. It's gorgeously shot, handsomely acted by Clooney, and an absolute delight to watch. This is for people who love sophisticated yet subtle cinema. I can also see this films roots in the 70s and can only hope this is the start of a building trend. This is a 5 star film and is being misunderstood and misrepresented by those giving it 1 star.