The American

The American

The American

Thriller about an assassin (played by George Clooney in serious mode), who hides out in Italy for one last assignment. He strikes up a friendship with a local priest and a beautful woman, but can't escape the aftermath of a botched job in Sweden.

This is director Anton Corbijn's follow up to the brilliant Ian Curtis biopic Control.

2010Rating: R16, Contains Violence, Offensive Language & Sex Scenes106 minsUSAEnglish and Italian with English subtitles
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Reviews & comments

Ameri-can't

Much like the recent HANNA, this is a movie that tries to be a moody arthouse contemplation of violence and the man, but ends up as just a beautifully shot and slow moving wannabe. If it's art mixed with cerebal action you want, try Nicolas Winding Refn's DRIVE or PUSHER Trilogy. THE AMERICAN tries way too hard to be as super cool and detached as Kubrick or...

2.0
0

beautifully shot but long and boring

it looked like one of those 70's arthouse movies with the wooden acting to boot. Like others, I waited for it to start, saw where it could go with the assassin after him and who it would be, and thought it could still get exciting when that happens...but it didn't.

2.0
0

Totally Disappointing

Usually you can judge a great movie by the first 5-10 minutes - well this movie proved this theory wrong. As the best part of the movie was ONLY the first 5-10 minutes ! Sorry George even you couldn't pull this off !

1.0
0

Don't waste your money

This is the first time I've walked out of a movie. An hour in to the movie and still waiting for it "to start". One of the 5 worst movies we've seen.

1.0
0

Snooze fest...

Seriously... the slowest moving piece of boredom ever. The sound of people eating popcorn two rows back was more interesting.

2.0
0

Avoid at all costs!!!!!

Tries to be arty with no success background music one piano... pling ….2 minutes later...pling, pling... another minute later pling again just like the movie itself extremely boring.

1.0
0

Slow, but beautiful, gripping, moving and memorable

4.0
0

mumbling,bumbling clooney at his worst.

this has to be his worst film ever, sound/audio not good,too many coffees drunk [perhaps to keep him awake], altogether a complete waste of money.

1.0
0

Complete tosh!

Think "The Last Samurai" mixed up with "The Day of The Jackal" and "Pretty Woman" and take away any remaining semblance of plot and you have "The American.". Complete tosh and tedious with it! 1.5 stars (an extra half for the setting).

1.0
0

drawn out and boring

Slow moving film must be George Clooney at his worst. Scenery great, but that's about it.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The tough-cool tradition of classic French crime dramas lives in Anton Corbijn's thriller, "The American," until oddities and an unbelievable love story render it soft and nearly forgettable.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It is a reasonably skillful exercise in genre and style, a well-made vessel containing nothing in particular, though some of its features - European setting, slow pacing, full-frontal female nudity - are more evocative of the art house than of the multiplex.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

George Clooney returns, setting aside the warm and witty persona that his fans love, and giving them instead one of his darkest and most unsympathetic characters: an ice-cold professional killer marooned in loneliness and fear.

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Here is a gripping film with the focus of a Japanese drama, an impenetrable character to equal Alain Delon's in "Le Samourai," by Jean-Pierre Melville.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Thriller shoots first then asks existential questions later. For quite some time.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The tough-cool tradition of classic French crime dramas lives in Anton Corbijn's thriller, "The American," until oddities and an unbelievable love story render it soft and nearly forgettable.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It is a reasonably skillful exercise in genre and style, a well-made vessel containing nothing in particular, though some of its features - European setting, slow pacing, full-frontal female nudity - are more evocative of the art house than of the multiplex.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

George Clooney returns, setting aside the warm and witty persona that his fans love, and giving them instead one of his darkest and most unsympathetic characters: an ice-cold professional killer marooned in loneliness and fear.

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Here is a gripping film with the focus of a Japanese drama, an impenetrable character to equal Alain Delon's in "Le Samourai," by Jean-Pierre Melville.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Thriller shoots first then asks existential questions later. For quite some time.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0

Ameri-can't

Much like the recent HANNA, this is a movie that tries to be a moody arthouse contemplation of violence and the man, but ends up as just a beautifully shot and slow moving wannabe. If it's art mixed with cerebal action you want, try Nicolas Winding Refn's DRIVE or PUSHER Trilogy. THE AMERICAN tries way too hard to be as super cool and detached as Kubrick...

2.0
0

beautifully shot but long and boring

it looked like one of those 70's arthouse movies with the wooden acting to boot. Like others, I waited for it to start, saw where it could go with the assassin after him and who it would be, and thought it could still get exciting when that happens...but it didn't.

2.0
0

Totally Disappointing

Usually you can judge a great movie by the first 5-10 minutes - well this movie proved this theory wrong. As the best part of the movie was ONLY the first 5-10 minutes ! Sorry George even you couldn't pull this off !

1.0
0

Don't waste your money

This is the first time I've walked out of a movie. An hour in to the movie and still waiting for it "to start". One of the 5 worst movies we've seen.

1.0
0

Snooze fest...

Seriously... the slowest moving piece of boredom ever. The sound of people eating popcorn two rows back was more interesting.

2.0
0

Avoid at all costs!!!!!

Tries to be arty with no success background music one piano... pling ….2 minutes later...pling, pling... another minute later pling again just like the movie itself extremely boring.

1.0
0

Slow, but beautiful, gripping, moving and memorable

4.0
0

mumbling,bumbling clooney at his worst.

this has to be his worst film ever, sound/audio not good,too many coffees drunk [perhaps to keep him awake], altogether a complete waste of money.

1.0
0

Complete tosh!

Think "The Last Samurai" mixed up with "The Day of The Jackal" and "Pretty Woman" and take away any remaining semblance of plot and you have "The American.". Complete tosh and tedious with it! 1.5 stars (an extra half for the setting).

1.0
0

drawn out and boring

Slow moving film must be George Clooney at his worst. Scenery great, but that's about it.

2.0
0