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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The American / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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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